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Pokémon Go Book Tag

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Hey everyone! Pokémon Go has taken over everything this summer and it is taking the world by storm! I started playing a few weeks after it launched, and I am only on level 14. Thankfully, right next to my office is a Poke stop so I can play during breaks right at my desk!

Alright, so to the tag!

The Pokémon Go Book Tag was created by Aentee @ Read at Midnight (the graphics were also created by Aentee). I saw this tag on Ellie @ Capitol Books blog, and thought what a cute little tag to do on a Saturday morning!

Without further ado, here is the Pokémon Go Book Tag:


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I have been reading for a very long time now, and I cannot for the life of me remember what book started that love for reading. When I was little, my dad used to read to me before going to bed every night. So, if I had to guess, I would say that fairy tales really started my love for reading thanks to my dad.

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I will have to say Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, will always be a classic that I could read over and over again.

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Hmm….I would probably have to say the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer. I read the first two books before they became popular, thanks to the movie. By the time the last book came around, I really didn’t feel like reading it because so many people were talking about it. (The movies did not help either, but that’s a rant for another day)

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Hunter by Mercedes Lackey. Just another dystopian novel with monsters, but I couldn’t help but really enjoy it anyway. =)

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This is an easy one. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. I’ve read the first two, but I can’t really remember what happened, so I’ll have to start over. There is just so many and each book is just so thick! =/

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This is a hard one, a lot of books have kept me up at night. It’s the whole just have to finish that last chapter before going to bed, but alas 10-30 chapters later it’s 3am and I only have 2 chapters left! Therefore, I must finish, scenario that happens all the time.

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There are many that fit this category. But, if I had to choose just one, then I would pick Cinder and Kai. =)

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The last fast-paced book that I read was Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes. It was a great stand alone book, that is worth a read in between series.

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I will never get tired of The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. So basically any retelling of a fairy tale could be considered a spin-off of TLC right? Maybe, I should just say fairy tales re-imagined and then TLC will be included in that. =)

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The Siren by Kiera Cass

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Hmm….I would have to say the 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. Even though there are mixed reviews, I liked the movie, so I am hoping that I will enjoy the book.

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I would love to own a first edition of any Jane Austen book.

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I am so excited for Flashfall by Jenny Moyer to come out in November. I read the arc thanks to NetGalley a few weeks ago, but I wouldn’t mind reading this again to see how much if anything changed. Plus, it means after the first book comes out, the second one will be that much closer to be released as well!

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Sarah J. Mass, JK Rowling, Marissa Meyer, and Kelley Armstrong. Just to name a few.

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The sequel to Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and Heartless by Marissa Meyer. I found out about the releases the beginning of the year, and it seems as if time is going by so slowly before the release!


 

That’s it for the Pokémon Go Book Tag! Thank you all for reading this post and comment below on any thoughts you have on this post.

Okay, now onto tagging people. I tag my good friend Lucas @ gimmesamich89 and anyone else who wants to do this tag!

Posted in Subscription Box, Young Adult

July Lit-Cube Review

It’s finally here!!! I have been waiting for over a month to get this subscription, and it finally arrived at my door this morning! So without further ado, here are some little facts about Lit-Cube and my review!

Lit-Cube is a monthly subscription box that sends you a book, a wearable, and other little bookish goodies.
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The cost: $29.99/month + $4.99 s/h to U.S. and $14.99 s/h to Canada

<–This is what it looks like on the inside, after you first open it! The anticipation is exciting. This months theme was “An Awfully Big Adventure.”

Check out my other Lit-Cube reviews here. Check out my other book box subscription reviews here!

 

The book this month is The Neverland Wars by Audrey Greathouse, published May 9th 2016 by Clean Teen Publishing.

Goodreads Summary:

Magic can do a lot—give you flight, show you mermaids, help you taste the stars, and… solve the budget crisis? That’s what the grown-ups will do with it if they ever make it to Neverland to steal its magic and bring their children home.

However, Gwen doesn’t know this. She’s just a sixteen-year-old girl with a place on the debate team and a powerful crush on Jay, the soon-to-be homecoming king. She doesn’t know her little sister could actually run away with Peter Pan, or that she might have to chase after her to bring her home safe. Gwen will find out though—and when she does, she’ll discover she’s in the middle of a looming war between Neverland and reality.

She’ll be out of place as a teenager in Neverland, but she won’t be the only one. Peter Pan’s constant treks back to the mainland have slowly aged him into adolescence as well. Soon, Gwen will have to decide whether she’s going to join impish, playful Peter in his fight for eternal youth… or if she’s going to scramble back to reality in time for the homecoming dance.

Peter Pan was one of my favorite Disney movies growing up, so I cannot wait to dive into this book! It looks very promising.

The retail value for this book is $10.95, but you can find it on Amazon for $6.60.

This cube also came with a signed bookplate by the author! This will definitely go into my book before I lose it, or one of my fur babies mistakes it for scrap paper!

Update: (August 17, 2016) I finally finished the book, check out my review here!


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This Neverland bag was included in this months subscription. I couldn’t find this exact bag online anywhere as this is a Lit-Cube exclusive item, but I did find a bag that had the exact same quote. The exclusive Lit-Cube bag has a retail value of $19.95, a similar bag by thebookstheppl is for sale for $19.55.

Just with the two book subscriptions, I am collecting a good amount of bookish bags! I don’t know what I am going to do with them all!

The wearable item this month is this exclusive “Faith, Trust, & Pixie Dust” adjustable copper ring, with a retail value of $14.95. I found this ring on etsy for $13.00 by LindaMunequita

This ring is super adorable, and I am glad that it is adjustable or I would never be able to wear it! A problem with having smaller than average fingers =/

These sunglasses are not on the what’s inside your cube card. So it is most likely the extra item that was promised for last month’s box being late. I don’t know if I will ever wear these sunglasses, but I really do love the color. The also have a stamp on one of the sides that says “bibliophile. http://www.lit-cube.com&#8221;
I am guessing on the value of these glasses, but I found some similar without any writing for about $10.

 

I love when Lit-Cube has snackables in their boxes. The cookie from the wonderland box was delicious, so I have high hopes for this pastry. This Megpies! Handmade, all-natural, artisan tart has a value of $3.95.

“What kid-at-heart doesn’t love poptarts & hand pies? Especially fresh-out-of-the-oven??? Never grow up, I say!” http://www.megpiesnyc.com

 

 

 

Another goodie in the box, is this tinker bell inspired keychain! This is a very pretty keychain, and once I retire my Sailor Moon keychain, Tink will go on my keys! Unfortunately, I can’t have more keychains than keys.

This particular item has a value of $9.95.

“I do believe in fairies, I do! I do!”

4×6 card/envelope hand-designed by Lexy Olivia was the last item I pulled out of my cube. You can find this on her etsy shop for $7.95. This is very cute, and I cannot wait to write someone a birthday note!

Overall, this month was a great curation from Lit-Cube. I liked all of my items and the tart was very tasty. This cube has an approximate value of $71, and I think the most value so far since I’ve had a subscription.

What do you think of this month’s Lit-Cube?

Next month’s theme is….

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Evergreen Falls Review

Evergreen Falls by Kimberley FreemanIMG_0021

Published: August 26th 2014 by Hachette Australia

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

1926: Violet Armstrong is one of the few remaining members of staff working at the grand Evergreen Spa Hotel as it closes down over winter. Only a handful of guests are left, including the heir to a rich grazing family, his sister and her suave suitor. When a snowstorm moves in, the hotel is cut off and they are all trapped. No one could have predicted what would unfold. When the storm clears they must all keep the devastating secrets hidden.

2014: After years of putting her sick brother’s needs before her own, Lauren Beck leaves her home and takes a job at a Blue Mountains cafe, the first stage of the Evergreen Spa Hotel’s renovations. There she meets Tomas, the Danish architect who is overseeing the project, and an attraction begins to grow. In a wing of the old hotel, Lauren finds a series of passionate love letters dated back to 1926, alluding to an affair – and a shocking secret.

If she can unravel this long-ago mystery, will it make Lauren brave enough to take a risk and change everything in her own life?

Inspired by elements of her grandmother’s life, a rich and satisfying tale of intrigue, heartbreak and love from the author of the bestselling Lighthouse Bay and Wildflower Hill.

This was my June Lit-Cube subscription book, “Roaring 20’s” themed.

“She loved him, too. Mad as it seemed, she loved him, too, and had sine their eyes met that evening in the dining room.”

For the most part I enjoyed this book, I enjoyed Lauren’s timeline a little bit more than the 1926 one. Lauren’s relationship with her family was very relatable, and I enjoyed seeing her finally stand up for herself and get away from her mother. Out of all of the characters in the book, Lauren grew the most and really became a strong, independent person.

“Love was a thunderbolt, crashing down on her with its brilliant, savage force. It was ancient and eternal and it peeled back the mundane layers of the world and showed her the wet, beating heart of reality beneath.”

 I did not enjoy all of the cliches that kept popping every other chapter. For instance, almost every new relationship in the story was an insta-love. Violet and Sam’s relationship was most likely the most annoying one in the entire book. Sam was a very weak, one-dimensional character and as the love interest for Violet, we didn’t really get a sense of who Sam is. Lauren’s relationship with Tomas while sort of insta-love, it wasn’t as annoying as the Violet and Sam’s. For one, Lauren didn’t lose herself in the relationship and actually grew as a character because of it. Although Tomas is just sort of a filler character that helps Lauren grow, he was a lot more likable than Sam as a love interest.

“But she knew what came next.”

The mystery aspect was very appealing when reading the blurb, and it was one of the main reasons why I decided to read this book. I wish the book spent a little bit more time trying to solve the mystery, than going back to Violet’s timeline and letting us see the mystery unfold that way. The “mystery” was also very easy to figure out early in the book and all of the plot twists could be seen way before it ever happened. Even though it was predictable, I liked how Freeman incorporated the two storylines together at the end. The ending went by a lot quicker than the whole book, and I wished there was more.

“Passionately. Once she had thought the word described something different. Something fast and hot, like lightening. Now, she realizes, passion is a deep well, ancient and fathomless.”

Overall, while the book moved a bit too slowly for my liking, I did enjoy it. I wouldn’t say it was a quick read, as I was flipping constantly to see how many pages I had left, but I would suggest at least giving it a chance. So if you like historical fiction mixed in with modern fiction with a hint of female empowerment, then you’ll enjoy this book.

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Girl Against the Universe Review

Girl Agains the Universe by Paula StokesIMG_0704

Published: May 17th 2016 by HarperCollins

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

No matter how many charms she buys off the internet or good luck rituals she performs each morning, horrible things happen when Maguire is around. Like that time the roller coaster jumped off its tracks. Or the time the house next door caught on fire. Or that time her brother, father, and uncle were all killed in a car crash—and Maguire walked away with barely a scratch.

It’s safest for Maguire to hide out in her room, where she can cause less damage and avoid new people who she could hurt. But then she meets Jordy, an aspiring tennis star. Jordy is confident, talented, and lucky, and he’s convinced he can help Maguire break her unlucky streak. Maguire knows that the best thing she can do for Jordy is to stay away. But it turns out staying away may be harder than she thought.

“Time doesn’t heal anything. It’s like drinking. The best it can do is help you forget, if you’re lucky.”

This was one of the books I received from Uppercase, and I am so happy that I had a chance to finally read it! This is one of the books that gets you hooked in the beginning and you just keep on reading until you are done. I don’t read contemporary often, but when I do and like it, I tend to read everything by that author. This was one of those books, I loved it so much!

Maguire suffers from PTSD and a little bit of OCD and it has affected her life in a major way. She definitely has survivors guilt, and thinks that every bad thing that happens around her is because of her and her curse. Stokes handled Maguires mental illness very well, you could tell how serious her condition was without the story being very dark.

‘‘Bad stuff happens around me.’’ I fold my hands in my lap. ‘‘You’re risking your life just by being in this room with me.’’

The story starts off with Maguire at a therapy session, and afterwards we get our first peek at Jordy. After the second or third session, Jordy starts to integrate himself into Maguire’s life. With Maguires curse, we see how she treats strangers and is always doing her 5 second checks to make sure everyone is safe. I love how the book starts off with Maguire in therapy and walking by this guy she has no idea who he is, and at the end we come full circle. Maguire is in therapy, discussing all the things she was able to accomplish, and now Jordy has become a constant figure in her life. By the end of the story, you could see how much Maguire has changed and struggled to get over her mental illness’ and try to live a normal life.

Besides Maguire and Jordy, the supporting characters and her parents are also great. The friends that she made from tennis are supportive and helpful. They don’t treat Maguire any differently after finding out about her problems. Maguire’s parents are also in the picture, so we don’t have that cliche of a single parent or absentee parents. Her mom and step father are very much in the picture, and helps Maguire in any way she needs. I really liked how this was mostly Maguire dealing with life and getting over her dad, uncle, and brothers death, but then it turns into her mom struggling also with their death and how they overcome it together. This to me, made the story more real and didn’t just ignore the fact that her mom may or may not be dealing with the deaths just like Maguire.

Overall, if you are looking for a quick read that isn’t too heavy on romance or a dark subject matter, then this book is for you! I can’t wait to check out some of Stokes’ other works. 

Posted in Young Adult

Book Haul


I recently did a Bookoutlet purchase, and my items finally came in! I love this online store! I can fill in the holes in my bookshelves with super cheap books! 

Where do you purchase your books from? 

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July Uppercase Box Review

It’s that time of the month again! A new box from Uppercase by Lisa Parkin!

IMG_0024.JPGEvery month you receive:

  • a brand new hardcover book, the book is either signed or you receive a signed bookplate,
  • 1-2 high quality bookish items,
  • Uppercase reading experience with exclusive content,
  • and a special note!

You can choose from two different plans:

Expert plan: comes with everything above for only $23/month plus $6 shipping and handling;

Book exclusive plan: comes with everything above except the 1-2 bookish items for only $17/month plus s/h.

 

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All the items are inside this cute little bag. This month came with a signed hardcover book, an exclusive button, sticky notes set, stamped pencils, and of course a bookmark that unlocks all of the exclusive content!

 

 

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The first item I pulled out of my box was this personalized letter. It has details of all of the items inside the box and also a personalized letter of why this book was picked this month! I really like receiving these, because it feels as if the owner is connecting to us individually rather than getting mass quantities of subscription boxes out there.

 

The book this month is This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. Published July 5th 2016 by Greenwillow Books.

IMG_0031Goodreads Summary:

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

IMG_0034The list price on this book is $17.99, but on Amazon you can purchase it for $10.36!

The only downside to this book is that if you also subscribe to Owlcrate, then you will get the same book. I don’t know about their book, but Uppercase’s book is signed! So to me, a signed book has more value than just a regular book. I love getting signed books from Uppercase, I didn’t have any before and now I am starting a good collection!

I can’t wait to dive into this book after I finished my current one, but once I do you will be able to check out my review here!

Update (August 23, 2016): I loved this book! It started off a bit slow, but it definitely picked up in pace all the way until the end! Check out my full review here!

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As always that is included in the box is a bookmark that unlocks exclusive content. Normally I always forget about this part of the subscription, but I think this time around I will give it a try!

 

 

This Vintage Stickies in assorted sizes notes set is very adorable! I can’t wait to start using them! The photographs were taken by Phat Dog Vintage, they also have a little shop and a blog that you can check out! This particular set of sticky notes was designed by Galison, and has a retail value of $10.99. I love sticky notes, and one can never have too many at the office!

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Of course in order to use your new vintage sticky note set, you will need something to write with! These are a custom stamped book lover pencil set, and an Uppercase exclusive! Since I don’t know who made them, I could only find something similar. IceyDesigns on Etsy has a similar listing for a set of 7 Book Lovers Pencil set for only $13.95. Although their set is in pastel colors, they do have similar sayings such as “I read YA” and “Book Nerd”.

Super cute.

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The last item in the box is a This Savage Song exclusive button! I can’t find this button in particular, but you can get similar buttons in stores for about $1.99 (at least at Hot Topic you can). IMG_0033

Overall, I really like all of the items in this subscription box! For a box that is $29 a month, this month the estimated value totals to be about $37.29. Not bad!

Did you get an Uppercase box this month, what are your thoughts on the items?