Book Reviews

The Cruel Prince, Holly Black

No one ever dreams of seeing their parents killed right in front of them. That is exactly what happened to Jude and her sisters Taryn and Vivvienne. A man they have never met before, Madoc, came into their home and killed both of their parents and then took the girls to raise them as his own. Madoc came in and did this because their mother was actually his bride
During their time in Fairy, Jude is trying to find her way into the society of Fairy, a place where humans are treated as less than dirt. Her goal is to be a part of the royal family’s generals, but her now step father is telling her that he will not endorse her in the games in order to get a spot among the royal family. Taryn, Jude’s twin sister is trying to find a way among the Fae in a different aspect. Taryn wants to blend in, not cause any trouble, and one day marry into a good fairy family and earn her way in that aspect. Vivienne, the only one who is truly Fae wants nothing to do with the fairy folk and wants to go back to the human world. Each of them want different things out of the Fairy world, but Jude is the only one willing to do whatever it takes to get what she wants and survive, even if she does not always understand the consequences.
I honestly thought that The Cruel Prince was average. It got so much hype and I really only kind of enjoyed it. The overall story was average of a bad fairy, likes the human he’s not supposed to like and picks on her, but she doesn’t know why. The fairies were nothing spectacular and did not do much that humans couldn’t do other than live for a long time. I just overall was not impressed with this fantasy novel. There are a lot better ones out there in my opinion. I did a complete review with more thoughts on my BookTube Channel, which is linked below! Until next time,
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January 2018 Owlcrate “Fearsome Fairytales” Unboxing!

Hi everyone I’ve got another exciting Owlcrate box to show you and talk to you about today! January’s theme was Fearsome Fairytales and it was a good box. My favorite part of this box was the pillowcase and the book also sounded really amazing too. If you don’t want to read the post, I’ve done a full unboxing video on my Booktube channel that is linked here and down below!

Let’s dive into these amazing items!

Speaking of pillow case we got a beautiful Sleeping Beauty inspired full sized (fits a typical bed pillow) pillow case by Stella Bookish Art

We got Hanzel and Gretel Gingerbread smelling wax melts by Spireside. I’m not sure if they smell like gingerbread, but they definitely smell really sweet

Owlcrate made a wax/essential oil burner to go with the wax melts or any essential oils or aromatherapy oils you may have. It goes perfectly with the theme of this box

We got a handmade Rapunzel inspired bracelet by Author Adornements

And finally a collectible pin and postcard by Spykles

Our book for January was The Cruel Prince by Holly Black! I have done a book review of it that will be linked here!!

What did you think of the January Fearsome Fairytales Box?! Until next time,

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Book Reviews

A Court of Thornes and Roses, Sarah J. Maas

– Short Story – 

The world is split in two with the fairies, also known as Fae living in the north and the humans living in the south. The only thing that is separating them is a wall. The history of that wall comes from years of bloodshed and war when the Fae ruled the earth and kept the humans as slaves or worse. Finally the war ended and the humans, with the help of some Fae, were able to win the war. The wall was built to keep the Fae in as well as keep humans away from Prythian, the land where the fairies live.
Feyre has been the sole protector of her family ever since her father lost their fortune. Her sisters Nesta and Elaine have done nothing to help Feyre other than spend the little bit of money that she brings home. Her father has a knee injury, and is so far removed from the family that he does not even try to help other than some small wood carvings. When out in the woods one winter night, one kill of a wolf would change her life forever.
Next thing Feyre knows she’s being told by a wolf shaped fairy that she can either stay and die, or live out her life in Prythian, but she does owe a life death for the fairy that she killed. The only thing holding her back is that she made a promise to protect her family, but she decided to leave in order to keep her family alive, and her life is forever changed.

– My Thoughts – 

I know, I know I’m late to reading this series! It has been a long time since a book made me feel the way this one does. Sara J Maas does a magnificent job with the first installment of this series. ACOTAR makes you feel angerI felt like the characters have so many dimensions to them that we have yet to learn, and I feel like there is so much more to come. Feyre and Tamlin have an interesting dynamic, and Tamlin might be the one to bring Feyre out of the dark place that she has been living in for so long. Feyre is able to grow in ways she never thought she would be able to. I cannot wait to read A Court of Mist and Fury and I’m getting started on that right away! Until next time,
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Enchanted Inc. by Shanna Swendson

When you walk around do you see strange things that you can’t explain? Well that’s exactly what happens to the main character in Shanna Swendson’s amazing novel Enchanted Inc.
A small town girl, Katie, leaves Texas to change her life in New York. Things are already strange in some parts of New York, but people with wings floating a little above the ground, moving gargoyles, and trains that seem to come on demand? Even that’s a little bit strange for New York.
When Katie finds out that there’s magic everything makes a little bit more sense, but how does no body else see what she sees?
In Shanna Swendson’s first novel of the series the world of magic and business comes alive in Katie’s small town world. There’s a little bit mystery, a little bit of romance, and all in all a little bit of someone trying to find his or her place in the world.
I read this novel so fast, and then quickly bought the second because it was that good. The way magic is portrayed in our every day world instead of somewhere hidden makes it seem like magic does and can exist. It also helps me to believe that there is a perfect place for everyone to be and enjoy. Of course I highly recommend this book and the rest that come after!
“We read to know we are not alone.” C.S. Lewis