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Before She Ignites| Jodi Meadows

“I wanted freedom in the same way I wanted my next breath: an unspoken but constant desire.” 

Before She Ignites is a book I received from Owlcrate! This months theme was Mythical Creatures, hence, Dragons! So expect as much in this post. Continue reading Before She Ignites| Jodi Meadows

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Sleepy Hollow and Other Short Stories | Washington Irving 

“…and he would have passed a pleasant life of it, in despite of the Devil and all his works, if his path had not been crossed by a being that causes more perplexity to mortal man than ghosts, goblins, and the whole race of witches put together, and that was—a woman.”

Sleepy Hollow is a book I received from Owlcrate! Since this month is known for it’s horror, it felt appropriate to post my review now.

Continue reading Sleepy Hollow and Other Short Stories | Washington Irving 

Mythical Creatures | Owlcrate Unboxing

When I read that this box is titled, Mythical Creatures, I kind of imagined something along the lines of unicorns. Something sparkly and positive maybe. So, it was a little disappointing when it turned out to be dragons. Not that I hate them, just that I wasn’t expecting them. Continue reading Mythical Creatures | Owlcrate Unboxing

The Hearts ♥ We Sold | Emily Lloyd-Jones

“She became her own knight; she collected those broken promises and whispered apologies and fashioned them into armor” 

Breakdown:

Synopsis:

When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon—her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life—she finds the trade may have been more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she could have ever imagined.

With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something grows between them amid an otherworldy ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: Can she give someone her heart when it’s no longer hers to give?

Review:

So I got this book from the August 2017 Something Wicked This Way Comes Owlcrate book box. Annnd it was…. meh.

Before I delve into my review. I’d like to first point out that I’m loving this special, limited edition cover of the book. It’s an exclusive from owlcrate along with the authors signature (which I used as my personal bookmark). As well as, a special letter from the author. Moving on.

It wasn’t bad per se, but it wasn’t great either. I’m going through this trend lately where I don’t read the summary of the book so I can give myself the best possible reading experience.  I think it worked pretty well for this one. Namely because I feel like the ‘summary’  didn’t serve it well. Maybe to it’s advantage.

Unlike what the back of the book said, there was more to the story than just romance. There was a girl struggling through her abusive parents, uncaring family and lack of any certain future she might have. There was a girl who had to learn to trust, conquer her fear and fight through her upcoming battles. There was so much potential with the way the story was going.

So why did I give it a three? A generous three star rating if I might add. Simply because the characters were a little two dimensional.  The story and the writing was fairly easy to follow and the words just flowed through my eyes. However, I did not get attached to any of the characters at all. When *certain deaths happened, I didn’t so much as blink. The story could’ve been fleshed out a little more to include some background on the Daemon perhaps. Or maybe the abusive parents. A little back story and some action here and there. Finally, more people should’ve been held accountable for their actions, ehm, Cora. I’m looking at you.

Anyway, I recommend this book to a fairly younger age group. Perhaps the 12 to 18 young teens out there. If you’re looking for some out of this world action, then this is the book for you. To check out my thoughts on the second book that came with this box, Click >here<.

Wow, this entire post is bi-polar.

To check the accompanying book: Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories

 

Final Rating:

☆☆

“This was how normal people survived their own fairy tales. 
They became their own kind of monster.” 

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What did you think of this book, have you read anything similar to it? Or do you have any recommendations for me to try? Lets chat, don’t worry, I don’t bite. ^^

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SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES | Owlcrate Unboxing

Breakdown:

  • Box Theme: SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES
  • Box Month: August 2017
  • Category: Young Adult
  • Subscription: Owlcrate

I am not angry. I am Furious.

By now you should probably know about the awful fiasco that is my luck with subscription boxes. If you don’t remember the drama that I’ve been living so far, please don’t hesitate to read and enjoy my misery Part A and Part B.  If you by whatever chance ended up here, then let me Welcome you to Part C.

My August 2017 Subscription box.

Is. Still. Not. Here. Look at the date! Look at the date on this post, what does it say? That’s right… September 18. September. Not August. September. And guess what, if you’ve freshened up with Parts A and B then let me tell you, the box from part B is still not here yet. Still!

So learning my lesson from Part B. I’ve decided to go ahead and post my somewhat review of the box until I actually and finally get it. Which I will most definitely update you about when the time comes.

Well on with the show! I guess.

Owlcrate Unboxing | August ’17

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The *goodies* of the box includes:

  • High quality Edgar Allan Poe socks
  • Exclusive Harry Potter inspired Dark Arts roast coffee
  • A funky fountain pen. Some people received black ink and others received purple.
  • An exclusive double-sided bookmark inspired by Six of Crows
  • An exclusive vinyl sticker inspired by This Savage Song
  • A gorgeous collectible monthly pin and postcard
  • First Book: An exclusive edition of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories by Washington Irving
  • Second Book: The Hearts We Sold by @em_llojo! This is a moving story all about dangerous deals, demons, friendship and love. It combines multiple genres flawlessly and we absolutely loved it! It has an exclusive cover, as well as a signed bookplate and letter from the author, AND a really cool metal lapel pin (which will mean a lot once you read the book).

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My Review:

I WANT everything inside this box. Aside from the socks, not that I don’t like Edgar Allen Poe, I most definitely do, I want all of it. I tried really, really hard not to spoil this box for myself. I honestly wanted an authentic and genuine response from myself when I actually and physically opened the box. But unfortunately, I’m not so lucky. Everything looks incredibly exciting, especially the lapel pin thats meant to mean something after I read the book, if I ever will. At this point, who even knows. Honestly. Anyway, I will be updating this review when I receive this box.

Update:

Yes, yes, YES! I finallly got it! It took some time, but I finally managed to get my book box! I’m really annoyed that I didn’t get to be surprised by it’s contents, but oh well. I have to say it’s really exciting when you’re unboxing, it’s like a little gift to yourself. I loove the coffee, as a Slytherin, it made the perfect cup of joe. Both books were interesting. I finished reading them and I’ll be posting my review soon. The little heart pin actually made a lot of sense. I would’ve preferred a knitted heart, like in the story, but they tried. As for the socks, bookmark, sticker and pen…well…nope. That stuff is just useless to me. It seems very lazy. I could easily buy them from a store or make them myself. They could’ve tried harder. All in all, not the book box I was hoping for.

This August Crate Book Reviews:

To Enjoy My Past Bookbox Drama:

Updated Final Rating:

 ★

Just Lazy

Final Rating:

 ★

Anger…. So much Anger!

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What do you think of this Owlcrate – Something Wicked This Way Comes – box? The books, and the goodies?  Or do you have any recommendations for me to try? Lets chat, don’t worry, I don’t bite. ^^

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WANDERLUST! | Owlcrate Unboxing

Breakdown:

  • Box Theme: WANDERLUST!
  • Box Month: July 2017
  • Category: Young Adult
  • Subscription: Owlcrate

I.AM.ANGRY.

I am starting to believe that I just have terrible luck when it comes to bookboxes, remember my drama from my older subscription? Maybe check it out >here< as a refresher. Well it hasn’t gotten any better to be honest. I was supposed to receive my box months ago, I repeat months ago. But lo and behold, it’s halfway through September and I still didn’t get my JULY box. Ugggh, I’m so frustrated.

I’ve been putting off this review in hopes that it might come any day now, but nope. That never happened. So forgive me for this very late bookbox review, but what could I have done? Obviously, I had to get the images and information from the official owlcrate account and I’m planning on updating this post when and if  I ever get my July crate.

Well on with the show!

Owlcrate Unboxing | July ’17

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The *goodies* of the box includes:

  •  A Newt Scamander keychain
  • A super cute pocket notebook
  • A pocket mirror inspired by A Darker Shade of Magic, designed exclusively
  • An exclusive art print inspired by Looking for Alaska
  • An adorable felt owl luggage tag
  • An exclusive drawstring backpack inspired by The Lord of the Rings, and created by Team OwlCrate!
  • A collectible monthly OwlCrate pin and postcard
  • And the book pick this month was The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue! With an exclusive edition which also came with a signed bookplate and a fun letter from author @themackenzilee, as well as a really cool map!

 

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My Review:

I WANT my box! I want it now! Where oh where on this earth is my July bookbox..? Everything looks so exciting, the book looks incredibly interesting and I love the owl tag. Cause ehm.. my name.. Bookishowlette… I love owls! Plus, I’ve been meaning to buy a hand sized notebook for a while now to jot down my ideas, so this one would be prefect if it was here already. I’m so incredibly annoyed that I missed out on this. Maybe I’ll contact them and see if I can get a refund or another box sent out, it’s soo unfair. Anyway, due to this debacle, I am giving this review a solid two stars until I receive what is mine!

To Enjoy My Past Bookbox Drama:

Final Rating:

 ★

Anger…. So much Anger!

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What do you think of this Owlcrate – Wanderlust – box,? The book, and the goodies?  Or do you have any recommendations for me to try? Lets chat, don’t worry, I don’t bite. ^^

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MAKE IT OUT ALIVE! | Owlcrate Unboxing

Breakdown:

  • Box Theme: Make it Out Alive!
  • Box Month: June 2017
  • Category: Young Adult
  • Subscription: Owlcrate

Well, ever since I had to cancel my last bookbox subscription, check out the drama here. I’ve been super careful about what to sign up for next. Regardless of how much of a flop my last one was. I still BELIEVE in the power of a good surprise book box. It took me  A LOT of time to find the right one for me, but at long last. I found one.

Roll the drums please!

Owlcrate! 

Yea, yea… I know. Why didn’t you start with this one first? Everyone knows about Owlcrate.  I’m very aware of that. I was just.. being stubborn OKAY!

Well on with the show!

Owlcrate Unboxing | June ’17

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The *goodies* of the box includes:

  • Sleeping mask inspired by the Walking dead
  • A Divergent inspired bath bomb- includes a charm to sort you into a faction
  • An Ember in the Ashes Quote magnet *extra
  • The Giver iron on patch
  • A Court Of Wings And Ruin double sided bookmark
  • First book: New world rising by Jennifer Wilson
  • Second book: The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson – *This was an exclusive @owlcrate edition and it came along with a letter by the author, some stickers and a signed bookplate!
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My Review:

A HUUUGE step up from my last unboxing. I absolutely loved this box. The amount of wonderful goodies that were in this crate made every penny worth it. Not to mention the fact that we received two books instead of just one, is a bonus! There were soo many wonderfully “book worlds” inspired gifts like the sleeping mask and the bathbomb. You can truly sense the dedication of Owlcrate to the book world.  I whole heartedly recommend this book box subscription. It also goes without saying that I renewed my subscription.  Look forward to those Unboxing reviews!

Final Rating:

 ★

Finally! A subscription that understand my undying neeeds! :p

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What do you think of this Owlcrate – Make it out alive – box,? Both books, and the goodies?  Or do you have any recommendations for me to try? Lets chat, don’t worry, I don’t bite. ^^

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