Bookish, Unboxings

April 2018 Owlcrate Unboxing

It is unboxing time! It’s time to talk about the April Owlcrate boxes. The theme for April was Shadows and Secrets, and it was filled with great items that made you want to go out and blend with the shadows to figure out someones secrets.  Below you’ll find a list of all of the items that were in the box, but if you just want to watch a video, my unboxing video is here and also down below!

  1. We got a full sized pillow case inspired by Crooked Kingdom and designed by Stella Bookish Art. You can find her designs on RedBubble and Society 6 and also follow her on Instagram
  2. Some great Deadly Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt coffee by Bones Coffee Company
  3. Some pencils in order to manage our mischief inspired by Harry Potter designed by Jubilee Designs Studio
  4. A vinyl sticker inspired by The Young Elites illustrated Jamila Mehio
  5.  A beautiful and deliciously smelling Wildberry Shadowhunter inspired soap by Soap Cauldron
  6. My favorite part of this box was a sample of Legendary by Stephanie Garber!
  7. As always there was a collectible pin and the corresponding postcard by @spykles

 

The book of the month was Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody, which was signed by her as well and we got a letter from Foody! Make sure to follow me on Instagram here to see closer pictures of the items, and you can watch my video to see my reactions to taking out these amazing items from the Shadows and Secrets Box! Let me know what you think, until next time,

Keep turning the Pages

India

Book Reviews

Everless, Sara Holland

Short Story –

Her whole life has been about time and how much people do not have left. For Jules time is the root of all her problems because time is used as currency for everything. You can sell an hour, a month, a year just to be able to survive. Jules once grew up in the Everless household with her father where they were servants for the Gerling’s family. When Jules witness a terrible event at Everless, her and her father are forced to leave the only home that they know and try to and hide. As her fathers time starts running out Jules has to make a decision to try and save her family, but it is the only thing her father has asked her not to do, and that is to return to Everless and work there. As she returns to Everless she starts to learn more about her past and information that was hidden from her. She decides to take the chance and to dig deeper into figuring out who she is, and why she was told to never come back to Everless.

– My Thoughts –

I enjoyed the concept of this book, but I did not love this book as much as I wanted to. I loved the thought of time as being currency and how that is used to sustain life. It literally invoked the idea of “time is money”. I loved how much of the history of their world was wound through the present. I did not like how it was executed. I did not like the main character and how she went about things. It’s one of my biggest pet peeves when the characters don’t listen and then find themselves getting into trouble. I did love the antagonist in this book and I was surprised on how well the character surprised me. The love interest was a typical YA trope of the boy you don’t think she should fall in love with is the one who ends up doing the saving. It’s a hyped book that I believe could be skipped in my opinion. Let me know what you think. Until next time,

Keep turning the pages

India

Book Reviews

The Belles, Dhonielle Clayton

– Short Story –

What if you lived in a world where everyone looked the same. Grey in color, straw like hair, and red eyes. Now what if there were people who could change you to look just like you wanted to look. In however you wanted to look. That is exactly the point of The Belles. They control beauty. The Belles were a gift given to the world after a lovers quarrel from the Sky and from Beauty went wrong, and the people of the world were left ugly. Beauty granted the world The Belles in order to help change the appearances of people to create more beauty in the world, and to make people beautiful.
It is time for this generation of Belles to present themselves to the world, with all of that they have learned in their secluded schooling. It is time for them to present themselves to the royal family and for one of them to become the Favorite. Whomever is chosen as the Favorite will discover the dark side of court and what it’s like to be constantly trying to make someone beautiful who doesn’t believe they’re beautiful.

– My Thoughts – 

Keep reading the book!! I put this book down for a couple of months and then finally finished it when it started to gather such great reviews. I was like “Noooo this book can’t be any good, it’s supposed to be fantasy, but there’s all of this flowery and beauty stuff. Whhhhyyyy” Let me just say I was wrong, it definitely gets better. There are still some flowery parts in the book that get on my nerves, but that’s why I don’t like contemporary. I definitely think that you should give this book a whirl if you stopped reading it, or if you were hesitant to pick it up. Let me know what you think down in the comments! My review that I put on my Booktube channel is also embedded below. Until next time,
Keep turning the Pages
India
Book Reviews

The Raven Boys, Maggie Stiefvater

– Short Story – 

The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater follows one of our main characters Blue Sargent. Blue comes from a family of clairvoyants, or seers as we normally understand them to be. Blue herself cannot see, but she does have the ability to enhance what the rest of her family sees around her. It also follows our other main character, Gansey, and his friends who attend the local private school of Aglionby. The boys that attend her are often called Raven Boys due to their uniforms and their mascot. Gansey is more than rich private school kid who has grown up with privilege his entire life. He has been searching for something, and that search leads Blue and Gansey together, but Blue has always grown up with one warning coming from her mother. She has always been told that she will cause her true love to die, so she has always tried to stay away from such things that tempt fate. We all know though, that you cannot run away from fate as it always finds you.

– My Thoughts – 

I did not really enjoy The Raven Boys and because it was such a hyped book and series I thought that I would love it.  I just did not understand the story and how it all went together. At one point I thought it might magical realism and another point I thought that it might be historical fiction, and at another point I thought that it was fantasy. There were a lot of different parts to the book and only a couple of things surprised me, I was very happy about those twists and surprises though because that is what really kept me reading the book. I always give a series a second book, and I am going to read the second book. I read Steifvater’s Shiver a long long time ago, and I believed I enjoyed it. People swear by this series, so I’ll give it another chance, but as I said it just wasn’t for me. Tell me what you thought of the book if you read it! I would love to hear about. Until next time,
Keep Turning the Pages
India
Coffee Break

Decatur Book Festival 2017!

I know I’m really behind on putting up this post, but better late than never right?! This year I went to the Decatur Book Festival with my mother and with Maddy and I had a fantastic time. There were tons of big authors there including Leigh Bardugo, Jason Reynolds, and Nnedi Okorafur. I’ve lived in Atlanta my whole life and have gone to the Decatur Book festival a few times with my mother when I was younger, but I never really paid attention to the author line up and did not know they got such big and amazing authors to do panels at DBF.  The festival is held every year during Labor Day weekend in downtown Decatur, and there is a lot of food, festivities, and books to keep you entertained the whole weekend.  I managed to vlog the two days I was able to go this year so make sure to check them out!! Down below I also have a video of all of the books I got, and which ones I got signed from the author! Until next time,

Keep Turning the Pages

India

The first day my mom and I went to the festival, but they weren’t quite ready yet, so I was just able to have a great afternoon with my mother walking around the beginnings of the festival.

 

On Saturday I woke up early and got down to Decatur to in order to go the different panels and get a tons of books signed. I bought way too many books this weekend!

Finally since my Saturday video was so long I wanted to just have a video where you got to meet my best friend in the entire world, and how we enjoyed the festival together, eating and everything, and buying a lot of books!

In this video you can see all of the great books I got and also got signed. I also got a lot of bookish merch from some great companies you can find online.