All Booked

Howdy all.

Welcome to yet another one of my unboxings that I am very clearly obsessed with receiving and posting about. I have a few small joys in life and these are one. Sorry.

We are going to take a look at the things I got in the Shelflove Crate box for this month so let’s go check it out!


This month’s theme is:
Life in the Shadows

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Spoiler Card.


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Soap bar inspired by A Court of Thrones and Roses. The spoiler card says it is inspired specifically by Azriel from this series and was created by Love You More Studio. It smells great and I always make my husband use these soaps in our bathroom. Oh well.


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An iron on patch inspired by Nevernight. It says “Never Flinch, Never Fear, Never Forget”. I like the quote, but I’m unsure what I would use this on so I might give this away to someone else. I haven’t decided yet. This item was created by Book Mark’d Tattoos and was made exclusively for Shelflove Crate.


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Next is a vinyl sticker that says “Fine. Make me your villain”. This is from Shadow and Bone and was created exclusively for Shelflove Crate by Noveran Tale.


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Then we have the 8th Shelflove Crate exclusive trading card from the Lunar Chronicles which features Jacin Clay and created by Kat Adara who has created the other trading cards in this series.

After that is a Stalking Jack the Ripper wooden bookmark with a quote that says “Fear is a hungry beast. The more you feed it the more it grows.”. Created by Ink and Wonder Designs I’m glad to add another gorgeous wooden bookmark to my amazing collection.

Lastly here is the Shelflove bookmark with the same image as the spoiler card and was also created by Kat Adara.


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Lastly before the book is this STUNNING pillowcase from The Cruel Prince which says “If I cannot be better than them I will become so much worse”. It’s a sturdy material and a little bigger than other pillowcases I’ve gotten before. This item was made by Miss Phi.


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The book of the month is Give the Dark My Love by Beth Revis. NEVER heard of this or even seen it, really, so I’m actually excited to have something I know nothing about or seen anywhere. Even though I don’t read the synopsis most times, I did want to know a little about this since it was unknown to me and it has necromancy in it as well as a plague so this should be an interesting ride come the day I get around to reading it!

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This month Shelflove Crate got this book signed by the author instead of a bookplate so that was a nice touch I enjoyed! Sadly there was supposed to be a letter from the author but I did not receive that in this box.


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  • What do you think about a book with necromancy? Have you read anything with that before? I’m intrigued.
  • Do you use soap bars you get in book boxes? Do you make your S.O. use them, too? hahaha.

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Hi Book Lovers!

Time for another review. First, I received three different copies of this book from different book boxes several months ago. Second, the cover is, honestly, appealing as all get-out. Third, I can’t recall a time I’ve read a Little Mermaid retelling or a book about sirens. I finally decided to give it a go and here is what I thought!


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To Kill a Kingdom
By: Alexandra Christo
Pages: 342
Rating: (3.50/5)
Genre: YA
Format: Hardcover


Book Synopsis:

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?


Quotes:

“Technically, I’m a murderer, but I like to think that’s one of my better qualities.”

“The true danger is people. They are unpredictable. The betrayers and the liars.”

“Royalty cannot be unmade. Birth rights cannot be changed. Hearts are forever scarred by our true nature.”

“‘Wars aren’t won by running,’ she says. ‘You can’t win a war,’ I tell her. ‘Someone else just loses.'”

“Some people burn so brightly, it’s impossible to put the flames out.”


My Thoughts:

Characters:
I did not enjoy Lira. I’m so sorry, but I just didn’t. Well, let me take that back a bit. I enjoyed her at the start when she was so ruthless and cold as her namesake should be. However, the way she developed fell so flat for me and I ended up feeling like cringing often in the second half of the book at her character’s terrible thoughts and plans.

On the other hand, I mostly enjoyed Elian. I kept wanting to roll my eyes at how often he thought about how he didn’t want to rule a kingdom. Which. I mean. Fine. You don’t want to rule. But stop obsessing over it and make a decision – either don’t rule or suck it up and rule. Geez. Besides that, I enjoyed watching his banter and kindness with his crew and even Lira throughout the book. I was happy with some of his choices by the end and happy FOR him.

I feel like Elian’s crew held the most enjoyment for me as well as the sea witch who was so brutal and ruthless which was, at times, the only complex thing going on.

Story line:
This book started out strong for me and I was excited to see where it was bound to go. However, I quickly became annoyed by the middle of the book. I’m 100% sure that after every single page I turned in this book from the middle on I thought “I have no idea how this story can be wrapped up to where I enjoy what comes out of it all”. Every. Page. To be fair, I was right and that I didn’t enjoy the ending which fell extremely flat.

The ending was unrealistic, frustrating, and whatever battle, fight, or even argument I hoped would occur only fizzled my dreams slowly but surely. I’m all about loose endings. I’m also about nicely wrapped up endings. I can go both ways here. The way this wrapped up was fine for a standalone book, but also gave me a slightly sour taste in my mouth.

Overall I mainly enjoyed the characters and the majority (more than the first half) of the story. However, I do wish that this story had continued on the path it began and it would have felt better executed that way. I’m glad I read this and enjoyed the voyages on the sea and dealings with sirens and mermaids. It inspired me to pick up other mermaid/siren/sea books afterwards so for that, thank you.


  • I was trying to search for other people’s To Kill a Kingdom reviews here but haven’t found as many as I thought I did months ago. Tell me, have you read this?
  • If you have, let’s discuss. Good and bad!

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Hey-ya book lovers!

I’m here with yet another fun book subscription unboxing. OwlCrate is known for their bookish goodies, fun themes, and more recently their YA books featuring exclusive-styled covers! CHECK. DEM. OUT.


This month’s theme is:
Masters of Disguise

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Spoiler Card


20180922_172126.jpgHere is some foaming bath soap in a pretty purple color. Created by Leeloo Soaps and inspired by The Diabolic.


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A tiny bottle of gold nail polish with a pre-order card for the Grim Lovelies which comes out soon (October 2nd).


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A pair of finger-less gloves! Created by Team OwlCrate and inspired by the Six of Crows series – these are such a unique, cute gift. Also, soft. They are soft. While it is over 100 where I live still, I look forward to using these one day!


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A tube of limp balm inspired by The Kiss of Deception. This was created by Geek Fire Labs and is supposed to smell like an apple/minty scent. I have this thing with mint-flavored things where it’s the only thing I can smell which is the case here but it doesn’t bother me while I’m wearing it so that’s a positive. 🙂


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An art print created by Kristy Carter. This is Lila Bard from A Darker Shade of Magic and is a pretty decent size. Again, another series I haven’t yet read but the artwork here is very stunning.


OH MY GATOS. Let’s all take a solid 60 seconds to admire the beauty that is this mug. Clearly inspired by Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, this artwork is fantastic. Dementors, Harry, Lupin, Pettigrew, The Knight Bus, Sirius…like, come on! YAS QUEEN. Created by Cara Kozik and I am in love obsessed.


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The book of the month is Mirage by Somaiya Daud. The dust jacket is gorgeous but I really enjoyed the actual cover and side of the book, too!


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Per usual with OwlCrate recently, the book is signed by Somaiya Daud which is always such a truly wonderful thing when receiving these books. Also, the letter from the author.


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Here is the change from the original cover to the OwlCrate exclusive cover. Hopefully there are no color blind friends here as I imagine if so it might be hard to see. One of my good friends is color blind and couldn’t tell the difference since both are so dark. However, the original is a very dark purplish-hue. The OwlCrate version is black. I like the OwlCrate version more, though I’m not discrediting how gorgeous the original is, too.


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That’s it for this month. I don’t usually like to look at the themed card talking about next month because I actually enjoy being surprised by boxes. However, I did see that next month’s box will have TWO books and my book-shaped heart is thrilled.


  • Did you receive this box?
  • TALK TO ME ABOUT THIS MUG, THOUGH. PLEASE. I am obsessed.
  • Has anyone read Mirage?? I’m curious about this one.

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Hiya.

Today I received my monthly Unicorn Crate! I love this subscription service and always get super excited when I see it’s heading my way. Naomi is a super wonderful curator and I adore her boxes every month!


This month’s theme is:
Sisters Who Slay

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The spoiler card.

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There was no information about these but they are matching bracelets. Cute!

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A Princess Leia bath bomb! I love bath bombs and have several saved up for the next time I go out of town and get to enjoy several baths! This was created by Fizzy Fairy Apothecary.

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“Shield Sisters” candle inspired by Sky in the Deep. This is a much larger candle and is said to smell like blackberry and white sage. It’s big, beautiful, and smells subtly wonderful. I cannot wait to burn this one! Created by Lemon Cakes Candle Co.

A very beautiful wooden bookmark inspired by the Archeron Sisters from A Court of Wings and Ruin. I will never stop discussing how much I love bookmarks so this is a win for me. This piece was made by Papercuts and Pages and was a custom design.

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A temporary tattoo inspired by the book of the month.

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I am No Manart print created by Michelle Dee. I love the design around the sides a lot.

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A skull keychain. At first it felt out of place in this box but after seeing the book I can understand more of why it was in here. It’s a harder plastic so it seems like it will hold up for quite a while. Created by Unicorn Crate. 🙂

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Unicorn Book Buddies! THESE ARE SO STINKING CUTE. Made by Girl of All Work these are so cute and even have NAMES! I cannot wait to use these in books.

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A 4-pin set featuring Lunar Chronicle women. The artwork on them was created by Diana Dworak. I haven’t read this series yet but these are beautiful pins.

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The book of the month is Seafire by Natalie C. Parker. I’ve been seeing this book EVERYWHERE recently and honestly didn’t think any of the book boxes I receive would send it so I didn’t even consider it. However, it not only has a gorgeous cover but sounds like it’ll be a fun read – hopefully it is!

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A signed bookplate and a letter from the author were also included.

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I loved this box! I’m happy about the book and also ADORE the candle and unicorn book buddies!

  • What are your thoughts?
  • Have you recently got or read Seafire? Thoughts?

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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.

 

20180916_102354.jpgA pin – though it did not say what it was inspired by, though I think it was meant to be inspired by the book of the month?

 

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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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