OwlCrate & Uppercase Boxes

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Yes, it’s late but I still thought I’d post about my OwlCrate and Uppercase subscription boxes!

For those of you unfamiliar with OwlCrate, it is a monthly YA subscription box that features a newly released book as well as 3-4 bookish items that are set around a theme. The theme for April was “Dystopia”. This is what the box contained:

Again, not a book I would have chosen for myself. I have heard a lot of negative things about Flawed, but I will eventually give it a read to judge for myself. After another lack luster box, I’ve decided to cancel my OwlCrate subscription. Next month’s box will be the final one that I’ll receive. I just can’t justify continuing to pay for a box that I’m not totally enjoying. Does anyone else feel the same?

Uppercase is also a young adult book-of-the-month subscription box. You receive a recently published YA novel and some additional book-related items. This month the box (or cloth bag) contained:

I love Uppercase more and more each month! First, the book is signed. It’s honestly not one that I had heard of before, but the blurb on the back makes it sound like something I’m going to really like. And…so much Harry Potter goodness!! The bookmarks are adorable and the quote and totally go up in my classroom. I’m really looking forward to the box next month!

Bookish Mixes

bookishmixesTwo of my favourite things are books and music! Blending them together can trigger memories, deepen a scene or set the mood. Each week I plan on sharing some of my personal favourite mixes or mixes that I have made myself.

gggg.001The new season of Outlander is in full swing and absolutely amazing! If you haven’t watched it, DO IT!!! I picked up Outlander by Diana Gabaldon after living in Scotland for a year. I missed it (and still do to this day). The book is a combination of two of my most favourite things: history and time travel. The romance and oh so handsome Jamie were also a huge bonus 😉 These playlists transport you to the Highlands of Scotland with a mixture of English and Gaelic songs. Some are a rallying cry for Scottish independence, describe immense loss and celebrate the love between my favourite OTP Jaime and Claire! Enjoy! 

Have you read the book? What do you think of these playlists? Do you have any others to suggest?

Bout of Books 16 Read-a-Thon!

BoB16-200x200So, I have decided to do my second ever read-a-thon! I’m still in a bit of a slump, but I’m hoping having to share my reading progress with others will help kick-start my wanting to read again.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is hosted by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It will begin on May 9th at 12:01am and end May 15th. There are giveaways, challenges and a grand prize, but this is all optional. This read-a-thon is perfect for me because it’s low pressure and I can do my best depending on how much work I have or how the whole slump issue is going.

To signup or for additional information, visit the Bout of Books blog. SIGN-UP!!! You know you want to!

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Friday Finds

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This week I received my very first physical ARC from a publisher! It was so exciting to get in the mail and I can’t wait to read it!!! A big thank you to Brittany from Holiday House for being all kinds of amazing.

I also received an eARC from NetGalley. It’s another novella from the Echoes of the Ascended series, which I’m a huge fan of. Also, I finally picked up my monthly book boxes from the post office. Both books weren’t what I was expecting, but it’s good to branch out and try something new.

Have you read these books? What books did you find this week?

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Review | Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Release date: May 7th, 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: Paperback

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In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

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What I liked:

I was caught up by the magic factor. I really enjoyed every page and chapter, since they were short and easy to understand  plus, I flipped though the book fast. The whole assassin idea at the beginning did not interest me, but Celaena’s nothing like a “regular” assassin character, instead she’s smart, social and girly. The book is quite full of mystery and action. Every chapter intrigued me, there’s always something going on. If Celaena’s not on a quest, she’s with the prince, or with the Captain of the Guard. The storyline keeps the reader guessing, and that’s what I liked about this.

About the characters: Celaena’s practically very realistic, in the sense that her personality is the one of a girl her age, quite friendly and not like some characters that sometimes become annoying and at some point you can’t stand. Chaol, is my favorite character, he is the  Capt. of the Guard and becomes Celaena’s friend. And OMG, isn’t he amazing???!!!!!!
There are other characters too, but the most interesting are definitely these 2!

What I did not like:

I cannot think about something that I could not stand. The narrative is pretty awesome. But if I was to point out something, it would be the love triangle. As soon as Chaol and Dorian were introduced I knew there was going  to be some tension between them, which makes it kind of predictable. Other than that, if you enjoyed Game of Thrones and the Hunger Games, this book’s definitely for you!

I am now reading Crown of Midnight, and I am so loving it!

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Thursday Quotables

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Thursday Quotables
 is a weekly meme hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies. It’s the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.

I have mixed feelings about And I Darken by Kiersten White. My review will be up soon, but I think I just expected so much more from the book. How could I not? It’s basically what if the sadistic Vlad the Impaler was a woman? While I wasn’t completely sold on the characters or some of the plot lines, I will probably read the sequel. I’m curious where the author will go next with her reimagining of this fascinating (and frightening) character.

“So the question becomes, Daughter of the Dragon, what will you sacrifice? What will you let be taken away so that you, too, can have power?”

Book Traveling Thursdays

yyyyyyyBook Traveling Thursdays is a weekly meme created by Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @Danielle’s Book Blog. To Find out more, join the Goodreads group.

Topic: Everyone needs a companion. Choose your favorite bookish pet. 

Growing up, Time Cat by Lloyd Alexander was one of my favourite books. It featured all of my favourite things: cats, history, time travel and fantasy. Basically, a young boy named Jason has his life turned upside when his talking cat Gareth takes him on nine amazing adventures through time. What I didn’t realize until now was how old this book actually is! I thought it was published in the early 1990s, but nope, it originally was released in 1963!!  Ok, now to the covers…

Original Book Cover + Cover From My Country:

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This was the cover on the book I purchased from a Scholastic book fair in elementary school. Does anyone remember those? You would get the catalog, beg your parents for tons of books, complete the order form and boom! The book fair would arrive and it was seriously the best week ever! So many new books!! Do they still do those?

Favourite Covers:

Besides the cover I am most familiar with, I really liked the US paperback cover from 2012. I love the how it’s bold and the colours match perfectly.

Least Favourite Covers:

This first cover on the left is from the 1985 paperback release. Maybe it was a good idea then, but for me now, it looks dated and not appealing at all. The cover on the right is from 2003. It’s more recent, but why does everyone look so confused? Terrified? I don’t know, but the colouring and strange image choices would not entice me to purchase this book.

Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

23207027This week I am waiting on Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. I seem to have developed a thing for books with elementals in them. I don’t know much about the book beyond its synopsis, but it looks really good. I’m looking forward to finding out more on September 20th.

Synopsis: 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.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.

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3 Day Quote Challenge – Day 3

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Thank you to Camryn @ The Writing Crafter for nominating me to do the 3 Day Quote Challenge.

The Rules:
– Post a favorite quote of yours for 3 consecutive days, obviously a different quote each day from any book, any author of your choice.
– Nominate 3 bloggers with each post to challenge them.
– Thank the person who nominated you.

The Quote:
The quote is totally me! It’s from Stardust by Neil Gaiman and I can completely identify with it. I’m ridiculously shy around new people. Sometimes this can be wrongly interpreted as being stuck up or cold, but I’m really not like that. I usually get super nervous and then do something embarrassing.

“He was painfully shy, which, as is often the manner of the painfully shy, he overcompensated for by being too loud at the wrong times.”

Nominations:
– Stephanie @ Outlandish Reads
Jorelene @ Page Chronicles
Genissa @ Story Diary

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The Rose and the Dagger Release Blitz!


I am so excited that THE ROSE & THE DAGGER by Renée Ahdieh releases today and that I get to share the news, along with an awesome giveaway!!! 
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Renée Ahdieh, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a paperback of THE WRATH & THE DAWN and a hardcover of THE ROSE & THE DAGGER and an awesome candle from The Melting Library’s Etsy Store, US Only!  So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh
Release date: April 26th, 2016
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 432
Formats: Hardcover, eBook & audiobook
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | iBooks

Click here to read an excerpt!

The much anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn, lauded by Publishers Weekly as “a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance.”

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.

Praise for The Rose and the Dagger:

“Above all there is the shattering, triumphant catharsis of love… In a story about stories, love is ‘the power to speak without words.’ Thrillingly full of feeling.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Fiery romance, a spirited heroine, shifting loyalties… With more than a few
heartrending twists and turns.” — Booklist

About Renée:

Renée lives in North Carolina (Go Heels!) with her husband Victor and their dog Mushu. In her spare time, she likes to cook, dance salsa, and wreak havoc on the lives of her characters.

She’s also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, as well as an active member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a paperback of THE WRATH & THE DAWN, a hardcover of THE ROSE & THE DAGGER, and a His Calipha candle from The Melting Library’s Etsy Store, US Only! Ends on May 3rd at Midnight EST!

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