OwlCrate: May 2016

I’m so excited! In case you can’t tell by now, OwlCrate boxes are amazing and I love getting them in the mail. They’re glorious, and wonderful, and creative, and full of goodies that make your fangirl heart squeal.

In case you don’t know what the glorious OwlCrate is, it’s just like Fandom of the Month only.. better? I don’t know, I love them both. OwlCrate gives you a new release in the Young Adult world and a bunch of bookish stuff centered around a specific theme. It’s a subscription box that is worth every little penny – count on that. (You guys can sign up here)

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In case you weren’t paying attention last month, the little preview told us what the theme would be. Anyone remember? Guess what! THIS MONTH’S THEME IS STEAMPUNK!

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Look how beautiful it is…

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I mean, just look at it! I’m in love, and it’s just the post card. Argh. OwlCrate kills me every time.

First up, we got this amazing set of nail art! I can’t wait to use it. I’m so excited I might die.

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After that, I pulled out this awesome little (not really, it’s quite large) broach. It’s amazing, and I mean AH-MAZ-ING! Apparently, there were different accessories given out – so everyone pretty much got something different. I can’t wait to see what the others got.

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I can’t wait to wear it. I have no idea where to wear it or what to wear it with, but it shall be done!

I’m going to stick with the keys for a second, LOOK AT THIS NECKLACE! I am in love. Enough said.

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It is simply beautiful.

Then we have one of my personal favorites: an Infernal Devices ring! I died a little bit. Yes, my lovely bookish people, that is the clockwork angel. Like I said, I died a little bit.

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Additionally, we were given this wonderful Peter Pan art print. I cannot wait to get a frame and hang it on my wall. If you don’t know, Peter Pan and Beauty and the Beast are my ultimate favorite fairy tales. Just sayin’.

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On top of all that wonderful stuff, we also get a book – which, as usual, is probably my favorite part of the entire box despite how much I love everything else. This month we were gifted the wondrous Everland by Wendy Spinale. I screamed. DYSTOPIAN PETER PAN!?!?! Hell yes!

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Summary from Goodreads:

London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived are children, among them Gwen Darling and her siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the ruthless Marauders — the German army led by Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.

Unsure if the virus has spread past England’s borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook hunts for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the survivors. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return. Until the day they grab Joanna. As Gwen sets out to save her, she meets a daredevil boy named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it will cost Gwen. And are she, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart Captain Hook?


As part of the book package, there were some really cool, shiny looking temporary tattoos. It’s awesome.

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Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted each week by Breaking the Spine and lets us spotlight a book that we are eagerly waiting to be released.

This week’s Waiting On Wednesday is The Shadow Hour by Melissa Gray!

Publication: July 12th 2016 by Delacorte Press

Summary from Goodreads:

Everything in Echo’s life changed in a blinding flash when she learned the startling truth: she is the firebird, the creature of light that is said to bring peace.

The firebird has come into the world, but it has not come alone. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, and Echo can feel a great and terrible darkness rising in the distance. Cosmic forces threaten to tear the world apart.

Echo has already lost her home, her family, and her boyfriend. Now, as the firebird, her path is filled with even greater dangers than the ones she’s already overcome.

She knows the Dragon Prince will not fall without a fight.

Echo must decide: can she wield the power of her true nature–or will it prove too strong for her, and burn what’s left of her world to the ground?

Welcome to the shadow hour.

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We Own the Night

Title: We Own the Night

Author: Ashley Poston

Series: Radio Hearts # 2

Publication: June 28th 2016 by Bloomsbury Spark

Pages: 250

Source: Netgalley

Summary from Goodreads:

As a candy store employee by day, and mysterious deejay “Niteowl” by night, eighteen-year-old Ingrid North is stuck between rock ‘n roll and a hard place. She can’t wait to get out of her tiny hometown of Steadfast, Nebraska (population three hundred and forty-seven) to chase her dreams, but small-town troubles keep getting in the way. She can’t abandon her grandmother with Alzheimer’s, or her best friend Micah–who she may or may not be in love with.

But for one hour each Saturday, she escapes all of that. On air, she isn’t timid, ugly-sweater-wearing Ingrid North. She’s the funny and daring Niteowl. Every boy’s manic pixie dream girl. Fearless. And there is one caller in particular– Dark and Brooding–whose raspy laugh and snarky humor is just sexy enough to take her mind off Micah. Not that she’s in love with Micah or anything. Cause she’s not.

As her grandmother slips further away and Micah begins dating a Mean-Girls-worthy nightmare, Ingrid runs to the mysterious Dark and Brooding as a disembodied voice to lean on, only to fall down a rabbit hole of punk rockstars, tabloid headlines, and kisses that taste like bubble tea. But the man behind the voice could be surprising in all the right, and wrong, ways.

And she just might find that her real life begins when Niteowl goes off the air.


My Thoughts:

D’AWWWW! That’s what this was. We Own the Night is cute, sweet, and short. It is a delightful, heartfelt little romance that is perfect for kicking off the real start of summer. It is heartwarming, funny, surprisingly surprising (see what I did there?), and overall just a wonderful read. I’m in love.

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Snippet Sunday

It’s that time of the week again you lovely folks. It’s Sunday! Which, as all of you well know by now, means it’s time for Snippet Sunday!

Snippet Sunday

How to participate in Snippet Sunday:

  • You share a snippet of your current work in progress or whatever else you are working on. A scene, dialogue, a whole chapter, a poem – anything goes. 
  • Link your Snippet Sunday back here, and we can watch the world burn in our amazingness together
  • Ta da! Snippet Sunday complete

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A Court of Mist and Fury

“He thinks he’ll be remembered as the villain in the story. But I forgot to tell him that the villain is usually the person who locks up the maiden and throws away the key. He was the one who let me out.”

Title: A Court of Mist and Fury

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses # 2

Publication:  May 3rd 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Pages: 640

Source: Purchased

Summary from Goodreads:

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.


My Thoughts:

My brain has officially imploded due to the sheer force of all the feels. I do not know what to say. I am in an extreme state of emotional turmoil and I can’t even function right now – much less write a coherent review. I thought A Court of Thorns and Roses was spectacularly brutal, yet I cannot begin to comprehend the enormity of what is running through my veins. A Court of Mist and Fury has blown its predecessor out of the water and right out into outer space, maybe even into another galaxy. I don’t know whether to scream in anguish, dance around with joy, and or melt into a puddle of molten feeling. Perhaps all three.

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Empire of Dust

Title: Empire of Dust

Author: Eleanor Herman

Series: Blood of Gods and Royals # 2

Publication:  June 28th 2016 by Harlequin Teen

Pages: 432

Source: Netgalley

Summary from Goodreads:

In Macedon, war rises like smoke, forbidden romance blooms and ancient magic tempered with rage threatens to turn an empire to dust

After winning his first battle, Prince Alexander fights to become the ruler his kingdom demands—but the line between leader and tyrant blurs with each new threat.

Meanwhile, Hephaestion, cast aside by Alexander for killing the wrong man, must conceal the devastating secret of a divine prophecy from Katerina even as the two of them are thrust together on a dangerous mission to Egypt.

The warrior, Jacob, determined to forget his first love, vows to eradicate the ancient Blood Magics and believes that royal prisoner Cynane holds the key to Macedon’s undoing.

And in chains, the Persian princess Zofia still longs to find the Spirit Eaters, but first must grapple with the secrets of her handsome—and deadly—captor.

New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman entwines the real scandals of history with epic fantasy to reimagine the world’s most brilliant ruler, Alexander the Great, in the second book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.


My Thoughts:

Well… bah humbug. That was really, really disappointing. Empire of Dust illustrates one of my biggest bookish pet peeves, hell, one of my biggest writing pet peeves: no growth. Empire of Dust is chalked full of the exact same problems I had with the first novel. Those being too many characters, not enough development, shoddy world building and descriptions, and just this overall bleh that keeps everything from improving along the way. It is simply ridiculous. I was not a big fan of Legacy of Kings not in the slightest, so I really have no idea why I decided this was a good idea. Hope, maybe? Who knows.

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Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted each week by Breaking the Spine and lets us spotlight a book that we are eagerly waiting to be released.

This week’s Waiting On Wednesday is And I Darken by Keristen White!

Publication: June 28th 2016 by Delacorte Press

Summary from Goodreads:

NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL.

And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes the first book in a dark, sweeping new series in which heads will roll, bodies will be impaled . . . and hearts will be broken.

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