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Lit-Cube Live Sale Review

Lit-Cube is a monthly subscription box curated by Peggy and her team that sends you a book, a wearable, and other little bookish goodies.

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 “Sherlocked” and it has all things Sherlockian inside!! I always like their description cards, and this month is no exception!

 

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

 

I had to stop my subscription service at the beginning of the year, and since I’ve stopped they’ve added some new features! One new thing is that they’ve added a rewards program! You can earn rewards by leaving reviews on Amazon of the books you receive in the subscription boxes (15 points for the current featured book, and 5 points for recent past titles), and you also get a point for every $1 you spend! With your reward points, you can either get a discount on subscription boxes or on items in their shop. I honestly like this idea and wish they had started it sooner (while I was still subscribing, I might have to re-subscribe after I finish grad school and get my big girl job).


This year Lit-Cube has started to do live sales on Facebook, and I just so happened to catch one (I think they have only done one before this one). It was definitely an interesting process, and I had to restrain myself from purchasing more than one box. All of their “boxes” for sale were first come first serve and they only had a certain amount of each one. This one had a mix of compilations of past boxes of their Stars Hallow subscription and their normal Lit-Cube subscription.

The box that I ended up buying was a compilation of 3 past Lit-Cube boxes, that they called Live Laugh Love box (I think mine was #1 out of 2 different ones). This one cost $50 and included all the items below:

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This tote came from their “Live Laugh Love” February box. This has an estimated value of $20.

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The Lady of Sherwood by Molly Bilinsky was from their May box. On Amazon the value is $6.95 (retail value of $10.95).

This looks like it’ll be an interesting retelling of Robin Hood.

The girl who was on fire” Bookmark by Lexy Olivia. This has a value of $6.

Arrow bangle bracelet. This has an estimated value of $10.

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Bellamy and the Brute by Alicia Michaels was from their March box. This book has a value of $7.52 (retail value of $10.95).

Can you sense the theme yet? This box is all about different fairy tale retellings (this box also came out when the new Beauty and the Beast movie came out, so it was very fitting).

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4 oz tin from In the Wick of Time– Belle’s Books (value of $10.99)

This is a soy vegan candle that smells really nice and not very over powering. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get the lid off so I’ll have to get my husband to try when he gets home later.

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Also included from the March box, was this Beauty and the Beast Be Our Guest lip balm by Olive Kisses. This has a listed value of $2.99.

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Cinderella.com by River Laurent was from their June box. This has a value of $12.49 on Amazon.

From this box we received The Glass Slipper bath salts from Two Wild Hares. I always like when boxes have bath salts or wax melts in them, because it always makes the entire box smell good! This particular scent has a value of $6.95. This bubble salt blend has Himalayan pink salt, Dead Sea salt & sea salt blended with an elegant fragrance of passion fruit and acai berry.

“Have Courage and be Kind” Bookmark. It kind of looks like one of those headbands that’s not supposed to leave a crease with a little embellishment. This probably has an estimated value of $8.

The last item from this past box was this little Cinderella trinket box. This probably has an estimated value of $10.

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Overall, this has an estimated value of $101.89. Even though it cost more than their normal subscription box, I think I like doing the live sale more. For one you get to see everything before hand so you can decide if you want it or not (although part of the charm is being able to unbox new items every month).

Before I checked out with my goodies, I took advantage of their buy one get one free deals and bought their Stars Hallow coloring book set and passport holder for $25.

I love that the coloring book set came with a canvas pouch and coloring pencils!

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Posted in Young Adult

Waiting on Wednesday (8/30/17)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


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Title:  Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass series #6)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Expected Publication:  September 5th 2017

Publisher:  Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children’s Books

Goodreads Summary:

In the next installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire.

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

Honestly, I am still on book 4 (I think). At this point I think I will wait for the series to end and just binge read them all. I really really really loved the first book, but since then my interest has been wavering. But, I am too invested so I have to finish! What are your thoughts on the Throne of Glass series?

What are you waiting for this week?

Posted in Young Adult

Prince Charming Must Die Book Review

Prince Charming Must Die (The Grimm Chronicles #1) by Isabella Fontaine and Ken Broskythecompletegrimmchronicles

Published: April 2010 by Brew City Press

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

On the eve of her 18th birthday, high school junior Alice Goodenough feels on top of the world. Classes are almost finished. She’s about to start her summer job at the local library, where she’ll be surrounded by all of her favorite books. And she has a wonderful boyfriend.

Then the rabbit shows up. The giant talking rabbit. He has a message:
200 years ago, the Brothers Grimm unleashed their stories upon the world.
Literally.

With the help of a magic pen and paper, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm brought all of their characters to life. The world was a more magical place … for a time. Cinderella found her prince. Briar Rose’s spell was broken. The dancing princesses spent their nights hidden away in a secret underground city. The old miller’s boy found true love.

Then, slowly, the Grimms’ characters began to change for the worse. They became Corrupted. Evil. They didn’t belong in our world, but it was too late for the Brothers Grimm to destroy them.

Only a hero can save the day. Every generation for the past 200 years, a hero has been chosen to fight the Corrupted and rid the world of the Grimms’ fairy tales. To her horror, Alice has been chosen as the next hero. As her 18th birthday nears, she begins to realize life is never going back to normal. School will never be the same.

As for her boyfriend, Edward … well, he might be hiding a terrible secret.

Prince Charming Must Die (The Grimm Chronicles #1)

Technically, I am reading the complete series but I decided to go ahead and write my reviews as I finish reading each book. Especially since there are over 10 of them, and I’ll most likely forget details from each one for a decent review.

“I should have known Edward was too good to be true”

What drew me into this book was that it was a different take on the Grimms’ fairy tales we all know and love. This first one centers around Alice and her journey to acceptance on being the hero and taking out Prince Charming before something bad happens. This was definitely set up as an introduction to the whole series. We get to see Alice’s life before she becomes a hero, and then how she comes to finally believe everything that the rabbit tells her.

For an introduction to a series, it wasn’t that bad. It could have been a little longer, because the ending felt a tiny bit rushed. I hope in the following books that there are more fairy tales incorporated into one book rather than one story per book.

Overall, this was a great start to the series. I can’t wait to see what the other books have in store for Alice and the rabbit.

Posted in Young Adult

Goodreads Monday (8/28/17)

Sorry, I have been a little MIA lately, but I have a good excuse! I promise!! Before when I went MIA for a few weeks, it was because I was too exhausted from pregnancy. Well my baby girl decided to come four weeks early, so I have been adjusting to life of motherhood for the first time! =)

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Isn’t she adorable? But, I’m a tad bit biased!

Ok, so on to the real post:


Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!


This week I have chosen:

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Title: The Complete Grimm Chronicles

Author: Isabella Fontaine & Ken Brosky

Published: April 28th 2015 by Brew City Press

Goodreads Summary:

This is the COMPLETE collection of the award-winning Young Adult adventure series!

200 years ago, the Brothers Grimm unleashed their stories upon the world. With the stroke of a magic pen and a deal with a malevolent force of evil, they forever changed humanity’s fate.

Now the characters of the Grimms’ fairy tales walk among us. With every day that passes, they grow more evil. They are the Corrupted, and only a hero can stop them.

This is the story of Alice Goodenough, the last in a long line of heroes who have bravely given their lives to snuff out the evil force that does not belong in this planet. Her story begins during summer vacation, when she happens upon a magic pen and an invisible rabbit named Br’er who is tasked with teaching her the ways of the hero. With the help of the magic pen, Alice must vanquish the terrible creations of the Brothers Grimm, relying on her dreams to guide her to her next target. Cinderella. Fundevogel. A fisherman. An evil wizard. A trio of dwarves hellbent on controlling the world. But to become a great hero, Alice must give up her old life so that she may protect those she loves most. Otherwise, evil will find her.

And evil will kill her.

This book contains all 12 episodes of the series, as well as the bonus “Lost diaries” of previous heroes and all of the collected Grimm’s Fairy Tales … over 2,000 pages collected in one edition!

Book 1: Prince Charming Must Die!
Book 2: Happily Never After
Book 3: Revenge of the Castle Cats
Book 4: The Orphanage of Doom
Book 5: Blood and Thunder
Book 6: The Order of the Golden Dragon
Book 7: The Giant Slayer
Book 8: Darkness Rising
Book 9: Malevolence
Book 10: The Black Towers
Book 11: A Dance With Death, Part One
Book 12: A Dance With Death, Part Two

This was an impulse buy on Amazon, because it was only $0.99. Normally, I am skeptical about books that low on Amazon, especially with authors I have never heard of before. But, Goodreads has some pretty good reviews on it so I figured I would give it a try, and if anything I would only be out a dollar.

This book caught my eye because it was a retake on the Grimms’ fairytales we all know and love. I bought this book yesterday, so it is currently sitting in my Kindle TBR pile to be picked up in the very near future.

What is on your TBR shelf this week?

 

Posted in Young Adult

Waiting on Wednesday (8/16/2017)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


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Title:  When I Cast Your Shadow

Author: Sarah Porter

Expected Publication:  September 12th 2017

Publisher:  Tor Teen

Goodreads Summary:

A teenage girl calls her beloved older brother back from the grave with disastrous consequences.

Dashiell Bohnacker was hell on his family while he was alive. But it’s even worse now that he’s dead….

After her troubled older brother, Dashiell, dies of an overdose, sixteen-year-old Ruby is overcome by grief and longing. What she doesn’t know is that Dashiell’s ghost is using her nightly dreams of him as a way to possess her body and to persuade her twin brother, Everett, to submit to possession as well.

Dashiell tells Everett that he’s returned from the Land of the Dead to tie up loose ends, but he’s actually on the run from forces crueler and more powerful than anything the Bohnacker twins have ever imagined….

When I Cast Your Shadow

I discovered Sarah Porter last year when I first saw her at the Texas Teen Book Festival in Austin, Texas. Then I finally read her book Vassa in the Night that came in one of my YA book box subscriptions the following month. It definitely took me awhile to get used to her writing style, but I am really excited to see how I’ll like this book. The premise sounds like it’ll be just as weird and twisty as Vassa in the Night, and I am looking forward to reading this.

What are you waiting for this week?

Posted in Young Adult

Goodreads Monday (8/14/2017)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!


This week I have chosen:

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Title: Once and For All

Author: Sarah Dessen

Published: June 6th 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers

Goodreads Summary:

As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen’s thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.

Once and for All

I have loved every single Sarah Dessen novel that I have read so far, and I have read almost all of them! I typically read a lot of fantasy, so sometimes it’s nice to dive into another genre for a change. Dessen is one of my favorite contemporary authors, and I wish she would come to south Texas sometime in the near future!

What’s on your TBR shelf this week?