All Booked

HIYA!!!!

This is VERY late for a book haul and I didn’t really have too many books to post about hey, better now than never. LET’S DO THIS THING.


–> These Rebel Waves (x2) by Sara Raasch (August Beacon Book Box & August ShelfLove Crate)

–> Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson (August Unicorn Crate)

–> The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

–> Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart (August OwlCrate that I didn’t make a post about)

–> Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery


I quickly want to discuss how beautiful the books from this haul are. I especially want to discuss how this Anne of Green Gables book cover is the most beautiful of any I’ve ever seen in this series before. It’s even more gorgeous in person and I couldn’t avoid buying this extraordinary version.

Hope you enjoyed this short and sweet book haul!

Have you gotten or read any of these books recently?!

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Hiya!

I just received my September Beacon Book Box and while it feels so early to show a book box for September, I was too excited not to make a post.

Beacon Book Box is a subscription box I somehow stumbled upon that I decided to give a try – and I love! Curated by a young man and his family, it has so far been unique and fun and I’d recommend trying them out if you’re interested in YA themed book boxes!


This month’s theme was:
United Rivalries

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A drink koozie (yes, I also questioned this spelling and apparently there are a few ways to spell this word. You learn something new every day. Anyway, it’s inspired by The Darkest Minds and was created by Bookish Signs. What a cool, unique item I have never received from a book box before – also totally usable for myself which is fun.

 

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A magnetic bookmark inspired by the Divergent Series (which…I have not read though I stare at it often on my shelves). This was created by Bearly Paper Co and is actually a little bigger than most magnetic bookmarks – not huge but bigger than a lot of the smaller ones boxes usually send.

 

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A plastic bracelet which was a cute idea, though I will not find a reason to wear this, sadly. To be fair, it was just an extra piece of the box and not one of the specific items.

 

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A tote bag! This was is truly elegant and beautiful. It’s simple and pretty and has a quote from The Raven Boys. It was created by Heater  @littlebearries. It’s a thick fabric and seems pretty sturdy.

 

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Book sleeve! It was created by Team Beacon Book Box and it sooooo cute. I LOVE COFFEE and how freaking cute is this sleeve?!

 

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Book of the month for September is Rule by Ellen Goodlett. The cover is very detailed and the pages are wonderful.

 

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It also came with a signed bookplate and a note from the author. 🙂

 

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  • Does anyone else receive Beacon Book Box?
  • Have you gotten Rule or read it yet?
  • What do you think of the book sleeve, though?!?!?!?!

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Hi Book Lovers!

I read A Reaper at the Gates the week it was released but I’m just now finding I want to discuss it out loud.


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A Reaper at the Gates
By: Sabaa Tahir
Pages: 464
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)
Genre: YA
Format: Hardcover


Book Synopsis:

Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.

The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster her own power. As Helene searches for a way to hold back the approaching darkness, her sister’s life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance.

Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But while hunting for a way to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would aid her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she’d have to fight.

And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that will stop at nothing to ensure Elias’s devotion–even at the cost of his humanity.


My Thoughts:

Maybe I’m too easily caught up in the hype of popular books, but I definitely loved the third book in this series.

Lia is becoming much more complex as a character – she finally is taking charge, facing demons, and not just simply running from all the trouble in her world but instead is facing them head on.

Helene’s story was really fascinating this book, too, with her loyalty to the Emperor and yet her true loyalty with her sister. It gave a much softer look at Helene and I appreciated knowing she isn’t like the Emperor or the COMMANDANT. Ugh – that thing.

Elias. Well, his beginning story as Soul Catcher in the last book felt like a cop out for me and I wasn’t as much of a fan of his story line. However, in this book it was heartbreaking to see what he would have to accomplish in order to become what he promised he would become in this role. Also, how it affected Lia was sad and it made me sappy-girl swoon over his adoration of her here.

The Commandant is especially annoying, vindictive, and out to get the flesh of everyone and everything. I hate her character, but I suppose that means Tahir did a good job at creating such an awful character with no remorse or positivity. Only tricks and schemes. The Nightbringer, however, I found fascinating. He wasn’t as horrendous as he’s painted out to be – it’s almost proof that everyone has some kind of backstory that has made them who they are. Now, I’m not saying I’m rooting for his character and that he’s wonderful, but, I did find I had a somewhat soft spot for him at points (though I always wondered what plot he was up to this time around when he showed up somewhere).

There is so much packed into this book: traveling, fear for one’s life, fear of who you are becoming and if it is enough, fighting and death, hope and wanting to stand up for what is right. A lot of this book is leading up to a bigger battle at the end and it is one that had my heart pumping until the last page. There is so much going on with so many different groups of people that it’s fast-paced and sometimes brutal in what is going on.

The one thing that truly saddened me in this book is the new relationship Lia forms towards the end and what happens with that relationship. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read it but the bond between these two characters felt awkward yet comforting all at once as it was forming. At the very end I kept thinking “next book will prove this situation wrong. Next book will prove this situation wrong”. I know it probably won’t but I wanted to have hope in that moment. Additionally, the final ending was very chummy and I’m curious how it will bounce into the final book where it left off.

Overall I loved this story. I enjoyed the more complex features of these characters I’ve grown to absolutely adore. I enjoyed the world and, even though it’s dark, I also loved the way this fallen apart world is coming together to battle it out for change (whether that’s good or bad I don’t know yet). I cannnnnnnooooootttt wait for the last book and I know I will end up re-reading the series when that time comes!


  • Tell me your thoughts on this book!
  • Who was your most loved character? Your least?
  • What did you think of the ending and fighting?
  • Are you excited to read the next book or have any other additional thoughts?! Please share!!!

 

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Hi Book Lovers!

Time for another Shelflove Crate unboxing! Shelflove Crate is a subscription service that features Sci-Fi and Fantasy YA releases. If you’re ever interested in checking out Shelflove Crate head on over to their website and see how spectacular they are!


This month’s theme is:
Unlikely Heroes

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First is this GORGEOUS Doctor Who inspired “campfire” mug. I LOVE IT. I love mugs and collect them (though my husband probably isn’t happy I do so) so this is another great piece to add to that collection. Created by Team Shelflove, I have to say this is probably one of my favorite pieces of this box!

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Hahaha – my puppy, though!

 

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A Manon enamel pin created exclusively for Shelflove Crate by Silketara. It doesn’t say what it’s inspired from but I think it’s from Throne of Glass (which I haven’t read quite yet). Is this true?! Someone who knows – help me!

 

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A pop socket with a picture of Groot that says “I Am Groot!”. While I have never seen the movie this character is from (honestly, I just have zero interest, I’m so sorry to those who love it). It’s still cute and I’ve been wanting a pop socket for my work phone for a while now so that’s where I’ll put this! Inspired by Guardians of the Galaxy, this item was made by Naomi Lord.

 

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Second Breakfast tea which is an English breakfast black tea is inspired by Lord of the Rings! I’m so glad to see LOTR rep in several boxes this month. Put together by Love You More Studios, and I am thrilled to try it out one night!

 

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While I haven’t read the book Strange the Dreamer yet, I instantly knew what this scarf was inspired by! I love scarves and this is a lovely blue with great designs. A Shelflove Crate exclusive item created by Book Mark’d Tattoos. Bring on fall!

 

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The 7th trading card in Shelflove Crate’s exclusive Lunar Chronicles series. Art is created by Kat Adara as in previous boxes.

 

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A Dance of Thieves book mark which is actually quite large. Love me some bookmarks.

 

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The usual Shelflove Crate bookmark which is the same artwork as the spoiler pamphlet.

 

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Book of the month is These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch.

 

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This copy is also signed which is newer for Shelflove Crate and something I hope they continue if possible for future books. While I already got a copy of this book (signed) from Beacon Book Box this month, it was a great book and I will probably add it to my list of others I want to giveaway in the future!


  • Tell me your favorite item in this box (mine is the mug!).
  • Would anyone be interested in a giveaway for several books I’ve been collecting over the past few months where I have multiple copies? This would be one of them.

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Hi Book Lovers!

I’ve been on vacation for a little bit now and on the plane ride to my destination (Wisconsin, to see my family), I was able to listen to this wonderful story! Let’s talk about it.


What to Say Next

What to Say Next
By Julie Buxbaum
Pages: 292 pages
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: Audiobook


Book Synopsis:

Two struggling teenagers find an unexpected connection just when they need it most.

Sometimes a new perspective is all that is needed to make sense of the world.

KIT: I don’t know why I decide not to sit with Annie and Violet at lunch. It feels like no one here gets what I’m going through. How could they? I don’t even understand.

DAVID: In the 622 days I’ve attended Mapleview High, Kit Lowell is the first person to sit at my lunch table. I mean, I’ve never once sat with someone until now. “So your dad is dead,” I say to Kit, because this is a fact I’ve recently learned about her.

When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty—in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?


My Thoughts:

Kit is struggling to come to grips with her life without her dad after he recently passed away. David has never been able to fit in due to his high functioning state of mind and inability to read social cues. Two very different kids in high school yet when their worlds clash together it is adorable and precious.

I’m going to start by saying I loved David. A lot. He has to be one of my favorite book characters to exist. In reality he reminds me a lot of Jacob Hunt from House Rules by Jodi Picoult. He wants to fit in. He wants to have friends. He wants to be social. He just doesn’t quite know how. Hearing the narrator read through Jacob’s thoughts made me hang on to every word that was being said.

Kit, on the other hand, took me a little longer to enjoy. I initially had a harder time connecting to her character. I knew from the get-go she was struggling to cope with her feelings after her father’s recent death, but it was hard to like her and her group of friends (who I initially thought were annoying and dramatic). However, as the story goes on, it was relatable to see her growing from something so traumatic into a new version of herself and towards the middle of the story when the situation with David’s notebook happens, I appreciated her friends a lot more (they really started to jump on to the bandwagon of genuine friends which was a nice thing to see).

There is some romance in this novel, but it didn’t feel like the front and center of this novel (as I didn’t think it should be). For that, I applaud this book. The setting wasn’t super relevant for me in this book and instead focuses on the character’s development. If you’re looking for something with a lot of drama, love, or craziness then head in another direction!

I didn’t really like the complexity of the situation surrounding David’s notebook nor the surprise piece towards the end around Kit. While neither were completely out of left field, I did wonder why they were in the book and it sometimes just felt like it was there for the book to have some drama. I could have gone without and still loved the book, but I also can see why they were put in there (such as Jacob’s breakdown in one chapter and reciting Pi multiple times to calm him).

Overall this book was such a light, wonderful, fantastic read. I think I found one of my new favorite characters and I’ll be interested in reading more of Julie Buxbaum’s work!


  • Have you read this book? If so, did you enjoy it?
  • Have you read any other books by this author? If so, are they good?

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Hi Book Lovers!

Time for another fun Unicorn Crate Unboxing. This box is curated by Naomi who is super sweet and passionate about her book box. She does boxes based on YA fantasy books. Check her boxes out!


This month’s theme is:
Unlikely Allies

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The spoiler card.

 

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An exclusive “Ciara and Lief” body lotion. This is inspired by Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake and was handmade by Latherati.

 

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Another Unicorn Crate exclusive: “Agnieszka & The Dragon” candle inspired by Uprooted by Naomi Novik. It was handmade by Whiskey Diamond Candle and is a wonderful yet subtle smell (and the color is super pretty – you don’t see brown candles as often).

 

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A magnet with the same design and the spoiler card.

 

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Two coasters featuring Zelie and Inan from Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. They were created by Jo Painter and are a beautiful color! I use coasters when I’m sitting on the couch a lot, so I’m always down for more!

 

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100% love these Lord of the Rings stickers featuring Legolas and Gimli. I want to add them to my computer and they are adorable. Created by Sharon De Leon and a wonderful tie into the unlikely allies theme!

 

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An exclusive throw pillow cover created by Papercuts and Pages. This is inspired by The Cruel Prince by Holly black and is a very thick and durable material. I have a pillow in mind I want to cover this with and it seems like it will hold up really nicely in my animal-filled home.

 

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The book of the month is Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson. Few things. This cover in person is unbelievable. Truly. It’s this extremely vibrant blue and the details on the cover are wonderful. Second, IT’S MASSIVE. It’s such a big book so I hope it’s a good read!

 

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It came with a signed bookplate and a note from the author – always great touches I enjoy!

 

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I loved this box per usual and I’m glad I got this book which I wasn’t sure I wanted to ever buy for myself (stingy, I’m aware!).

  • Has anyone else gotten or read this massive book yet?
  • Favorite piece from this box?!??!?!

 

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Hi Book Lovers!

Last month I saw an unboxing for Beacon Book Box. I was intrigued, so I went online to read more about them and thought I’d give them a try! What I found I adored about this book box was that the curator, Cameron, is only 15 years old! His family is on board with his desire to send out YA book boxes to people with the same passions as himself. I just loved this touch and it’s what made me want to try them out! Here is my first unboxing.


This month’s theme was:
Buccaneers & Bandits

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How cute is this personalized note? This was such an amazing touch to start this book!

 

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The spoiler card.

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A Marin – Corsario Royalty candle inspired by Pacifica. This was created, as you can see, by Novelly Yours. It smells fresh and light and I really enjoy this smell.

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Pirates of the Caribbean necklace. It reads “Dead men tell no tales”. It says it was provided by Team Beacon Book Box, and it was wrapped in book pages which is wonderful.

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Captain Alosa bath fairy dust. This was made by Books Are Key by Marissa in honor of Daughter of the Pirate King. I don’t get to use these types of items right away so I’ll hold off until I am somewhere with a bath!

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Pirate booksleeve created by Book Gizmo. It’s a really tough material and the inside is really soft!

A tasseled bookmark with a quote from Children of Blood and Bone and the other side with a quote from Sky in the Deep. This was created by Bookish Signs and is a nice, thicker material.

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I wanted to put this in as this is what the book of the month was inside. It’s a little backpack and thought it was a great way to include an extra item into the box by putting the book in it.

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The book of the month was These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch. First, this book cover is beautiful in person. Second, it’s pretty big. I was slightly interested in this book a few months ago when I was looking at upcoming releases and I didn’t realize it was a hefty book!

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This book was signed by the author and there was also a note from the author that says “Make Waves” which is especially wonderful.

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Lastly, there was a note from the author which was a cute touch as well.


I didn’t take a full picture of everything this time because I was short on time and didn’t want to put up something that looked ridiculous. However, I do want to say that I was very impressed with this book box and loved the little details that really made the box more exciting and fun. I will be excited to see how next month’s box turns out! Check them out!!!

  • Have you heard of this book box?
  • What was your favorite part?! (I loved the personalized note, I’m not going to lie.)

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Hi Book Lovers!

I’m behind, per usual, on a lot of things including a book haul for last month. Though, to be fair to myself, I didn’t get many books in July (except for book box books). This is a combination of a July book box haul and the start of August haul. Let’s take a look.


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  • The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli
  • Bear Town by Fredrik Backman
  • Lincoln in the Bardo by George Sanders

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  • Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken
  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown

    I’m sure I’ll have a few more unboxing books to post towards the end of August but for now here’s some more books I don’t need but still went ahead and bought anyway!

  • Are any of these recent reads for you?
  • Any favorites in this small list?

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Hi Book Lovers!

Time for another review.


When Elephants Fly

When Elephants Fly
By Nancy Richardson Fischer
Release Date: September 4th, 2018 by Harlequin Teen
Pages: 400 pages
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5/5)
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: E-Book


To start, I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Secondly, there are a few potential triggers for anyone tirelessly working through mental health challenges: abuse, suicide, and schizophrenia.

 

Book Synopsis:

Lily Decker is a high school senior with a twelve-year plan: avoid stress, drugs, alcohol and boyfriends, and take regular psych quizzes administered by her best friend, Sawyer, to make sure she’s not developing schizophrenia. Genetics are not on Lily’s side.

When she was seven, her mother, who had paranoid schizophrenia, tried to kill her. And a secret has revealed that Lily’s odds are even worse than she thought. Still, there’s a chance to avoid triggering the mental health condition, if Lily can live a careful life from ages eighteen to thirty, when schizophrenia most commonly manifests.

But when a newspaper internship results in Lily witnessing a mother elephant try to kill her three-week-old calf, Swifty, Lily can’t abandon the story or the calf. With Swifty in danger of dying from grief, Lily must choose whether to risk everything, including her sanity and a first love, on a desperate road trip to save the calf’s life, perhaps finding her own version of freedom along the way.


Favorite Quotes:

“Crazy is genetic. It’s the house I was born inside. There are no windows, just two locked doors. One door leads to Normal, the other to Insanity. At some point, I will inherit a key, but I don’t get to pick which door it unlocks. Even if I did, there’s no guarantee I’d understand the choice, or realize where I was when I got there.”

“I hold my breath, frozen like a soldier who has stepped on a land mine. But no matter what I do, eventually it’s going to blow me up.”

“I had the urge to tell her that there’s a relief when you no longer have to prove to the most important person in your life that you’re worthy.”

“The one certainty in life is that it changes.”

“It’s impossible to bend crazy to your will. It wins, hands down.”


My thoughts:

This book hooked me from the beginning and I soon found myself unable to complete any real-life tasks to continue reading Lily’s story. Lily comes from a genetic line predisposed to schizophrenia. After almost losing her own life due to her mother succumbing to her own delusions, Lily grows up hoping to beat the odds of something she cannot see coming. She has a long-term plan of no stress (or fun of any kind) in order to come out, hopefully, free of the same mental illness that’s been plaguing the woman in her family for several generations.

However, Lily begins volunteering, and eventually writing small stories for the local newspaper in her town. Her story on the local zoo preparing for a new elephant calf, soon named Swifty, leads her on an unexpected journey after Swifty’s mother tries to kill her shortly after birth.

Lily is quite the character. She’s slightly infuriating. She’s slightly too calm and laid back. She’s slightly avoiding truly living life. Yet, I couldn’t stop thinking about how fearful I would be if I were her knowing that there was a strong possibility I would find myself drowning in a sea of mental illness that I couldn’t avoid. While I do not struggle from schizophrenia nor personally know anyone who does, my heart ached to see the way this illness can suck the life of anyone it goes after. To hope for a life you are pretty sure will not play out as you’d hope would probably make me just as cautious and anxious as Lily was for most of this story.

Her best friend, Sawyer, was a wonderful character, although this idea he was ridiculously rich wasn’t something I bought into for the majority of the story. Sawyer also harbors secrets of his own and it becomes clear in understanding the superbly adorable to the friendship Lily and Sawyer have created over their own internal struggles through the years.

This story also had another hot topic in it for me: elephants. I’ve read several stories about elephants in the past that discuss their depth of emotion and how they typically act in the wild. Sometimes those ideas are hard to listen to and this story does touch on several instances of animal abuse which were hard to stomach through for myself. Still, the elephant’s stories are just as important here and only added to the tugging on my heart.

I enjoyed almost everything about this story: the mental health representation which I do not think we see nearly enough in YA (or any other genre), the elephants, the friendship, but most importantly the decision between living your life or letting your life control you. Is it better to take risks that might not let you live as yourself as long as you’d like? Or is it better to play it safe and hope to peacefully ride out the waves without creating any yourself?

There were only a few pieces of the story I did not enjoy as much: Lily just up and leaving out of the blue for a story, her selfishness during some of Sawyer’s personal problems arising, and her initial carelessness at how her life affected other people’s (such as Swifty). Lastly, the odd way the story ended wasn’t necessarily bad, but it kept taking odd turns I wasn’t expecting and with people I wasn’t expecting. Also, without saying what it is, the final piece of Lily’s puzzle at the end really tore me apart for a few days after finishing. I non-stop thought about mental health and how I choose to live my life, even without the battles Lily faces.

I’d highly recommend this story to just about everyone: it isn’t a perfect, happy story, but it is something that should be thought and talked about more often.

  • Has anyone else read this book?
  • What were your thoughts on this story?
  • What did you think of the mental health topic in this book?

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Hi Book Lovers!

I recently did a review for An Ember in the Ashes which was a re-read in anticipation of A Reaper at the Gates to come out. That obviously meant I needed to FINALLY get around to A Torch Against the Night so when the third installment was available I could devour it immediately (which I did). Let’s get started.

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A Torch Against the Night
By: Sabaa Tahir
Pages: 452
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)
Genre: YA
Format: Hardcover


 

Book Synopsis:

Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.


 

My Thoughts:

I think this book was my favorite of the three so far. Firstly, I knew more of the world, rules, and culture and what was going on so instead of spending the first several chapters wondering what was happening I could easily jump right in and simply enjoy it from page one. Second, I enjoyed the overall story line of this book the most simply because of where it came from and where it led to by the end. Third, I loved the characters SO much more in this story than in An Ember in the Ashes.

In regards to the story line, it was easy to follow. I always enjoy that there are still plenty of details in her writing and stories but it doesn’t ever feel as though we are stuck in one spot or bogged down too much that it stalls the story line. I appreciate that. I understand that this book is definitely a slight “filler” in that there is mostly traveling and the idea of scheming going on here, however, I think I enjoyed getting to know Lia, Elias, and even Helene more.

While Helene was not my favorite character in An Ember in the Ashes, I found her growing on me throughout this book. Being torn between your mind/heart and the life you need to live to survive is a tough call, and I feel slightly bad for her most of this book. Lia felt slightly more naive in this book. Perhaps it’s the issue with the Nightbringer that made me roll my eyes. While she didn’t seem as afraid as in the first book, I did wonder about some of her choices and why they were necessary or if they were doable (Kauf? I mean.) Elias is wonderful. His story line made me feel the most: sad, confused, worried, etc. Without spoiling it, I was not in favor of where his story went by the end of this book. It felt like a cop-out and a way to keep the story going.

The love (triangle[s]?) weren’t my favorite piece of this book. While I can appreciate loving and hoping despite the terrible things going on around you in desperate times, some of these situations felt pushed and unnatural. I really could have cared less if there were any love stories involved here as I feel like the main plot doesn’t revolve around this idea anyway.

Lastly, while it made me feel anxious at times, when Tahir doesn’t stray from the way this world works, the rough stuff and all, I appreciate the story a little more. Listening to tales at Kauf was not easy, but almost necessary. Listening to the brutality of other situations and fights along the way were also difficult but, again, made me appreciate the story more. I’m growing to like when a story doesn’t stray from the hard things just to save face or be constantly fluffy and happy (even though those are usually my favorite stories).


  • TELL ME YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK!
  • What was your favorite part?
  • Least favorite part?
  • Did you like the love situations?

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Hi Book Lovers 🙂

This was sent out a little late from Shelflove, but things happen so I’m simply glad I finally received it!

I LOVE Shelflove Crate and if you’re interested in a book box I’d definitely recommend checking this subscription service out!

This month’s theme was:
Let the Games Begin

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Spoiler Card!

 

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A candle from Flick the Wick. Inspired by Legendary, there were 4 different candles sent out to subscribers and I got The Fallen Star. Sadly this one was slightly melted when I received it (it’s 110 here and who knows how long the box sat outside before I got home so I ain’t even mad. It’ll melt when I light it and go back to normal shape.)

 

A set of 6 poker chips inspired by Six of Crows. I’m assuming the designs on the chips would be more relevant if I had read this book? It’s somewhere on my TBR list, so maybe one day I’ll get to it! They are pretty heavy duty chips, though, if I’m being honest.

 

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A 250-piece puzzle with an image of the Tri-Wizard Maze. Clearly inspired by Harry Potter, this image was created by Sweet Sequels. I do puzzles when I can so this was such a unique thing to receive!

 

Cruel Prince inspired bookmark. It’s beautiful on the back with the wording and was created by Love You More Studio.

 

Cute, cozy socks inspired by The Hunger Games. They say “May the odds be ever in your favor” and were created exclusively for Shelflove Crate.

 

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The sixth trading card inspired by the Lunar Chronicles which is an exclusive to Shelflove Crate. This is Winter, as it says, and the artwork is by Kat Adara. Additionally, the bookmark was also designed by Kat!

 

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The book of the month is The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen.

 

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This month we got the book signed by the author which is a first for Shelflove (at least as long as I’ve been getting the boxes), so that is always a nice touch. Again, I don’t know much about this but I’m excited every time I get a book I’ve never heard of before.

 

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  • Do you get Shelflove Crate box?
  • Have you heard of this book prior to seeing it here?
  • What is your favorite piece here? (I love the puzzle!)

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Happy Sunday, Book Lovers!

The past two weeks have been great for me as far as reading goes, but I’ve realized I enjoy a little space after finishing a book to fully collect my thoughts on it before writing about it anywhere. I’ve been starting/adding to about 6 reviews recently so one day I’ll post those. In the meantime here is an unboxing to share with you all!

This box was a little late getting sent to me (along with my Shelflove Crate which still hasn’t been shipped out yet, sadly). However, life happens and it doesn’t always go as planned so I was just happy to finally receive this box to tear open and eventually share on here.

I highly encourage you check out Unicorn Crate if you haven’t already. Every month they have something unicorn inspired and I enjoy almost always getting a different book than other boxes are sending out at the same time.


This month’s theme was:
Magic Systems

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The spoiler card (pretty, huh?)

 

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A Red London candle by the Leaky Candle. It smells good, as is pretty normal for most candles I receive in boxes. It’s a decent size, too, instead of just a smaller “sample” sized candle.

 

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A water bottle inspired by Roar. It was created exclusively for Unicorn Crate. I probably will give this to my sister as I’ve got so many water bottles in my home that they are coming out of every cabinet at this point. However, I do like the top (it’s easy to hold on to) and it’s really secure.

 

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An art print from Stella Bookish Art. It’s inspired by the Grisha trilogy. Nice quote – it is nice to receive prints that can be put up that don’t necessarily have to do solely with the book they are from so others can enjoy them, too!

 

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Shadowhunter Rune earrings. These were created by The Bookish Company. While super cute, I do not wear earrings! I do have someone in mind who would enjoy these, though, so they will go to a good home. 🙂

 

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A cork pencil pouch which has a quote from Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Another exclusive item for Unicorn Crate. It’s very unique and I use all pouches I receive but I am slightly sad this one is missing a tiny piece towards the top left. I made a little sad face when I noticed but I’ll be using it all the same!

 

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Harry Potter spell pencils set. This was made exclusively for Unicorn Crate and are precious. Anything about Harry Potter swoons me – I’m a sucker, what can I say?

 

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A “Luthadel” postcard inspired by Mistborn. While this book is high on my TBR, it currently means very little to me until I know what the story is about. I initially thought it was a Hogwarts image but realized quickly it wasn’t. Silly me.

 

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“Believe in Magic” unicorn socks created by Unicorn Crate. I loveeeeeee these. They are ridiculously cute.

 

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The book of the month is Fawkes by Nadine Brandes. I’m going to be honest (per usual) here. I’ve wanted this book since I saw what it looked like. However, also per usual I don’t know what it’s about really. This is a TOTAL cover-love for me. I think it’s GORGEOUS and even when the day comes and I read this and I do or do not enjoy it, I’ll keep it just for the cover. 100%. EEEEEkkks. It came with a signed bookplate and a note from the author (which I didn’t photograph for some reason).

 

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This wasn’t my absolute favorite Unicorn Crate, but I still enjoyed it all the same. Not every box can be the box of my dreams but I’m still happy with several of the items and the book!!!

  • Do you have this book?
  • Does anyone else get this subscription box?
  • What are your favorite items in this month’s box?

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