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Owlcrate Unboxing: September

Hey everyone! I’m here with my September Owlcrate Unboxing for you all! I really love the design for this box this month, because I love the stars and the constellation esthetic so I was excited to see that this one had the design all over!

Anyways here’s the front of the spoiler card for you all! I’ll leave the description down below as usual.

I know in a recent box I got some stuff from the Soap Librarian and Owlcrate added an item from them in this box as well. I really like it and I really want to buy some of their other items in the future, but I have to be careful, mainly because my body is sensitive to this kind of products. Link for the shop is here: The Soap Librarian

This is the usual Owlcrate pin they include in each box! Adding this one to my growing collection of buttons! Isn’t it so pretty?!

Also got another wood bookmark to add to that growing collection as well. This one is from Game of Thrones and features the Mother of Dragons! I have a bunch of their woodworks from their shop, and I always love adding them to my collection. I also want to purchase some of their totes as well, because the designs are so pretty! Link for the shop here: Ink and Wonder

They included in this box a coin purse that was created exclusively by the Owlcrate team! I love dragons, my favorite being Smaug (of course), so of course I love that this is designed with mini red dragons! Isn’t this so cute???!

I am so so excited about this next item! I have been wanting a BookBeau for a while and I just could never get one in time before they always sold out, and I didn’t have much money during their Kickstarted a while back so I’m super excited that this box included a BookBeau!!! My first one!! Look at this lovely design! It has unicorns and mermaids on it! I love it so so much and I’m already using it for school! I’ll leave the link for BookBeau’s website, but as of right now it isn’t live yet: Book Beau

They also included this really cute sticker of Hagrid and Buckbeak from Harry Potter! Im not a huge fan of Harry Potter, but I loved the third movie and this cutie! Buckbeak was so cool and I adored him! The sticker is from Susanne Draws, her redbubble account link is here: Redbubble

And here is the book! It’s an Owlcrate exclusive cover again with the color of the font changed to gold! I’m super excited to read this book and I’ll update you all on when I decide to start it! It also came with a signed bookplate and a note from the author; as well as this booklet in the back talking about the book and the box.

Summary: Before

Mira Minkoba is the Hopebearer. Since the day she was born, she’s been told she’s special. Important. Perfect. She’s known across the Fallen Isles not just for her beauty, but for the Mira Treaty named after her, a peace agreement which united the seven islands against their enemies on the mainland.

But Mira has never felt as perfect as everyone says. She counts compulsively. She struggles with crippling anxiety. And she’s far too interested in dragons for a girl of her station.

After

Then Mira discovers an explosive secret that challenges everything she and the Treaty stand for. Betrayed by the very people she spent her life serving, Mira is sentenced to the Pit–the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles. There, a cruel guard would do anything to discover the secret she would die to protect.

No longer beholden to those who betrayed her, Mira must learn to survive on her own and unearth the dark truths about the Fallen Isles–and herself–before her very world begins to collapse.

This book sounds amazing and I hope that I really enjoy it!

Here’s the spoiler card as well!

 

Let me know your thoughts on the box and the book in the comments below and I’ll see you all in my next post soon!

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One Dark Throne

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One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

Publisher: HarperTeen

Published: September 19th, 2017

Rating: 5/5

Summary: The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?

With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.

In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other.

I received this copy from Edlewisse for review!

Wow! I really loved this series so much! Every book so far has left me speechless and freaking out about what will happen next! So takes place almost right after the first book ends and continues on with the three queens in their own areas figuring out how they’re going to go about killing each other.

Arsinoe I really liked. I liked reading about her tying to figure out her powers, and reading about her friendship with Jules was so sweet. Jules really cares about her, and takes her safety seriously. It did get a bit annoying though when Jules would be told it’s not her fight because she’s not a queen, but she would rush in and get involved anyways. I mean at the same time it was sweet because it showed her dedication and her love of her friend. I did like that we got to see aspects of her testing her new powers, and learning along the way.

I hated Madrigal, she’s so annoying! And she’s cruel at times as well. She likes to rub certain things in everyone’s faces and gets mad when they don’t react the way she thought they would. Mainly with her condition later in the story.

Mirabella I think is my favorite sister still, mainly because her power is still so cool and powerful. Also her friendships with Elizabeth and Bree. I love their girl friendship, they weren’t fighting over any boys, they were supportive of each others and were there for each other. I was sad that things ended up the way they did for Mirabella, and I wish she would’ve gotten to speak to them before everything happened, because I feel like they would’ve been so helpful. I hope we get more of them in future books because they were some of my favorite characters.

Katharine is so so creepy. Something happened to her in the previous book because of someone she cared about, and it definitely changed her in this book. Mainly because of what happened, and you really weren’t given much of what happened until towards the ending. But wow she was so much stronger then before, which I liked in a weird way. But she was still scary. But I liked how she seemed to come into her own in this one. And we get her interacting with new characters slightly mentioned in the first book.

But I liked seeing a returning character, and his new storyline and what’s going on with him.

But gah the last couple chapters were so intense, and I can’t believe all that happened when it did because woah! I think this was definitely a bit more action packed than the first book, and I really loved that, and loved how things were going and ended. I am sad about a certain character dying but I hope that it leads to something big in the third book!

I’m so sad that the next book is months away because I really need to know what happens and I’m just so desperate for it!

If you really love fantasy novels I think you’ll really like this series and I highly suggest you pick it up and dive into it like I have! I love it so much and it’s one of my favorites from this year!

Let me know in the comments your thoughts and I’ll see you all in my next post!

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Weekly Reads

Hey ya’ll! So I thought I would get back into the groove of Weekly TBRs again to kind of organize myself and what I want to read.

I really want to make this week my week where I try and get through some of the many Netgalley ARCs I’ve received. So I’ll really be pushing to read those books!

First book I want to try to get to this week is The Fire Queen by Emily R King. I really loved the first book and I got approved for the sequel on Netgalley so I of course want to get to this one and dive into this world again.

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Up next is Zero Repeat Forever by G S Prendergast. I again have wanted to read this but somehow never got around to reading it. So this week that is my plan!

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Next is A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge. I have no idea what this one is about but it looked good so I requested it!

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Lastly if I finish those three I want to finish When I Cast Your Shadow. I started this book but for some reason I just never continued on! So I hope I get the chance to finish it this week if I’m lucky. If not it’ll be part of my next TBR.

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I really haven’t done my Series September books but I’ve been so focused on reading other books I just haven’t gotten around to them. But hopefully that will change the last week or so…hopefully. I don’t know. Im so horrible hahaha!

Let me know your reading plans for the week and I’ll see you all in my next post!

 

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Giveaway!

Hello!

I am having a giveaway! I went to a signing at my local Barnes and Nobles for Marie Lu with Kiersten White and got some books signed for you all!

There will be three winners total. One winner will get a signed copy of Warcross by Marie Lu.

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Another winner will get a signed duo of And I Darken and Now I Rise by Kiersten White! It also comes with a print with Lada that she included!

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And the third place winner will get a bag from Penguin and some Batman: Nightwalker swag!

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I’ll be leaving the RaffleCopter link here: Giveaway

 

Good Luck everyone!!

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Weekend Reads

Hey everyone! I haven’t don’t a Weekend Reads post in a while but I figured I would try and get that back up again! I have two books I really want to push to finish this weekend so let’s see how I do!

So the first book I really want to complete this weekend is One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake. I finished the first book Monday and have been busy with school so I haven’t gotten much reading of the second one but I do hope to finish it this weekend. I’m about 100 pages in so maybe today or tomorrow morning I’ll be able to finish it.

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The next book I want to read is Wild Beauty by Anne-Marie McLemore. I got an ARC through a trade so I want to read it before it’s released next month. I love love love this cover and Ive heard a lot of good things about this book so I’m excited to check it out!

Summary: For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.

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Let me know in the comments what books you plan on reading this weekend as I would love to know!

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Three Dark Crowns

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Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Publisher: HarperTeen

Published: September 20th, 2016

Rating: 5/5

Summary: When kingdom come, there will be one.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown. 

Sorry I haven’t been posting much! I’m really trying to do my best to get it together but I’ve been so busy lately with school! I’m really working hard on trying to get a lot of posts up!

Anyways…

So this book totally blew me away! I was kinda skeptical going into this book because I’ve heard that it really kind of drags at some parts, and I never felt that while reading this at all! I was hooked from page 1 and I really thought it had so many twists and turns that I wasn’t expecting!

You’re introduced to three young girls, who are queens in their territories and each has a specific power their area is known for. Katharine the poisoner, who is struggling to reach her potential, Arsinoe the naturalist, who’s powers haven’t come in yet, and then Mariabella, who is a very powerful elementatist.

When reading this, you really feel bad for Katharine, who is only looking for approval form her house, and is sadly disappointing them at every turn. She was such a sweet girl and I really liked her and her story line. Her relationship with Pietyr was so cute and gah I can’t spoil anything but that twist in her storyline just! Wow! I didn’t expect that at all. I thought I had figured out what the ulterior motive was, but man I was so so wrong! Now that I’m reading One Dark Throne I think I have something figured out but knowing my luck I’ll be all wrong! Again!

Arsinoe is another interesting character, mainly because she’s a naturalist who’s power hasn’t shown up yet.  You follow her and her struggle to get her power, and find alternative ways to get what she wants. I think I liked her least to be honest, because she was so impulsive, and so willing to do reckless things to show her worth or make herself look better. They always have a way of backfiring as well. Especially towards the end…that was bad…

And with Mirabella, I really did like her. She had a good heart and was trying her best to really get out of the situation. She might have made some bad choices, but in her defense, those choices were a bit out of her control and she didn’t know it would end up being that way. I know I’m being very vague, so definitely read it and you’ll see what I mean! But I really loved her power and I honestly think that power is something I would want to have if I had magic. She is definitely the strongest out of the sisters.

Also Joseph needs to get ahold of himself.

Honestly.

You’ll see what I mean when you all read it. I can’t with him.

But that ending! Wow oh wow! I honestly can’t wait to see how everything turns out in the series because the way it ended, things were going crazy with so many different twists and turns! This book was just a fun ride and I really liked it a lot! It’s my first Kendare Blake book and I definitely will be trying to check her books out more in the future!

Let me know in the comments your thoughts and if you’ve read this book and the sequel that just came out because I would love to know! Once I finish the sequel I’ll be posting a review for it as well!

Thanks for reading!

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Tower of Dawn Unboxing

Hey everyone! So as many of you know, Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas was released recently, and like they did with ACOWAR, The Ya Chronicles did a Tower of Dawn box. They had options where you could get the US hardcover, the UK paperback, or both. I chose the UK paperback, since I had 5 copies of the US hardcover pre-ordered.

I’ll go ahead and leave the link for the Ya Chronicles website here: The Ya Chronicles and get started on the unboxing!

The first item we got was the usual bookmark that comes in their boxes, and they added the Tower of Dawn logo on the front.

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The next item included in the box is this lovely bag! It has a quote on it and it says “A kernel of hope, the most dangerous of all weapons”. This item is from Blu Bear Bazaar and I’ll link their website here: Blu Bear Bazaar. They have lots of cool items so I definitely need to check them out more in the future! I use this bag though now for my workout clothes when I go to campus.

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Next is this really pretty necklace from Belle Regalia on Etsy! I love necklaces like this, they feel really delicate and classy. She included a quote from the novel in the middle which looks stunning! Definitely go check out her shop! Shop link here: Belle Regalia

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We also got this temporary tattoo from BookMark’d Tattoos. I don’t really wear temporary tattoos, mainly because they’re so pretty and I hate to just use them once when I wish I could wear them all the time. I found her shop on society6 so I’ll leave the website link here: Society6 Page and her etsy page: Etsy Page

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I also got a cool candle to add to my candle collection! It’s this Nesryn candle and it smells so so good! I definitely will be burning this sometime soon! It’s from Novel Scents and Co, and they have a bunch of new Throne of Glass candles on preorder and lots of other bookish candles so I’ll leave their website here for you to check out: Novel Scents and Co

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We also got this adorable print of Dorian and Chaol from Taratjah on Society6 and Redbubble! I loved her work and have actually bought a few items from their sites! I’ll leave both links here so you can check out her artwork! Society6: Society6 Redbubble: Redbubble.

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The last item before the book is this bookmark made by ReadandWonder on Etsy. I really want to place an order for their bookmarks but so far I haven’t, mainly because I want so freaking many of them! Gah! But here’s the website link: ReadandWonder

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Lastly is the book! I’ll leave a summary but there might be some spoilers in it if you haven’t read the other books so be warned!

Summary: In the next installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire.

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

I honestly can’t wait to read it and will be reading it in December for Remember December, since I will be rereading the entire series!

But look at how pretty this cover is! So excited for it!

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Here’s the spoiler card!

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And there we have it! Keep an eye out for future posts I have planned in the future and thank you for sticking with me through my crazy schedule with school! Let me know your thoughts down below and I’ll see you all next time!