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Uppercase Box September 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.

You can check out my other Uppercase reviews here, and my other book subscription reviews here!

I have received a few of these now, and I still really like that Lisa includes a personal letter inside her subscription boxes! The top of the letter includes a listing of each item that is included in the subscription and who designed it!

As always, is included a bookmark for the reading experience. Here you can participate with Uppercase, and view polls, questions, and videos that correspond to that moment in the book. I really like this aspect of the box, it’s different from the other subscription boxes that I subscribe to.

The book this month is The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron.

Published: September 13th 2016 by Scholastic Press

Goodreads Summary:

What isn’t written, isn’t remembered. Even your crimes.

Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written.

In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn’t written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.

But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence – before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.

This book has a retail value of $18.99, but you can find it on Amazon for $11.07.

This book has a really interesting premise! Kind of reminds me of The Giver and a little bit of Divergent mashed into one!

A related item to the book, is this The Forgetting mini-notebook. You can find similar plain notebooks from Staples for about $1.50. You can design your own notebook from Girl With a Radio Mind on Etsy, for $5.00.

A cute little sticker was included in this months box! “Certified Book Addict” was designed by Alexis Lampley, of Nerdy Post. This is an adorable sticker, and a great plug for another subscription box. A 10% discount off your first box was included, just use the code nerdynewbie!

“This is how we roll” pouch by Out of Print is an Uppercase exclusive item. Since it is an exclusive item, I couldn’t find it on their website, but they have plenty of other really cute pouches. They retail for $12.00.

Overall, this box has a value of about $30. I am guessing on some of the exclusive values, so this box could be worth more or less. I am always impressed with Uppercase boxes, and I love the quality of products that they pick!

What do you think of this months Uppercase box?

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The Best Damn Book Box July “Neverland” Review

The Best Damn Book Box curated by Nicole and her team came in today, and I am super excited! I know it’s September, but the owners of TBDBB are still trying to catch up from their family tragedy. Which, I understand, things happen I am just glad to finally receive a box!

TBDBB is a monthly subscription box:

 

“A Book Subscription Box For Your Bookish Delight! We Deliver Adventures To Your Door!  30% off 3 OR 6 MONTH SUBSCRIPTIONS!!! Just use Code MSASAVE30

 

 

  • Some of the Best Damn Authors around!
  • Exclusive items created for each box
  • Top Selling YA novels each month for your reading delight
  • 5 to 6 bookish items, tea, snacks, jewelry, bookmarks, candles, etc., handcrafted by amazing small shops
  • Newly released or Best Sellers Each Month based around a monthly theme!
  • Each Box Donates $1 to a charity each month!”

There are three different types of subscriptions:

  • Monthly: $39.99
  • 3 Month Prepay: $89.99
  • 6 Month Prepay: $169.99
  • Shipping rates are $6.99 US, $10.99 Canada, and $19.99 Internationally

Normally, the boxes ship on or around the 25th of each month in waves.

The back of this card (pictured up top) is actually one of the water color art prints by Art Quality. Each print has a value of $3.00. I like that they put the info card on the back of one of the art prints. Saves me from throwing away the card when I no longer need it!


Peter Pan by J.M Barrie, Illustrated by Minalima Ltd.

Published: June 2nd 2015

Amazon Summary:

J. M. Barrie’s classic children’s story is reimagined in this delightful full-color deluxe edition filled with all-new illustrations and ten removable features specially designed by MinaLima, the award-winning design studio behind the graphics for the Harry Potter films.

For more than a century, the adventures of Peter Pan—the boy who can fly and never grows up—and Wendy Darling have captured the hearts of generations of readers. In this enchanting illustrated volume, the fantastical world of Neverland and its magical inhabitants, including the Lost Boys, Captain Hook, Tiger Lily, and the beloved Tinker Bell, are brought to life like never before.

Peter Pan is packed with a lush array of colorful illustrations and interactive removable features, including a detailed map of Neverland, a croc o’clock with hands you can rotate to tell time, Peter’s shadow, and more. Beautiful and captivating, filled with breathtaking artwork, this stunning book is sure to become a treasured keepsake for fans of all ages.

This book retails for $27.99, but you can purchase this on Amazon for $20.37. This is a pretty cool book. I like how it’s not only illustrated, but interactive as well. It was little pop ups and spiny wheeled embellishments. It takes reading a classic to a whole new level!

 

The art print on the left is a magnet by Art Prints, that has a retail value of $5.00. Just like the info card, the water color print on the right was made by Art Quality. This particular print has a retail value of $3.00.

“Neverland Sky” by Once Upon a Wick. I couldn’t find this particular one on their website, but it smells really good! I used it in my wax warmer earlier tonight, and my only complaint is that it took awhile for me to be able to smell it across the room. But it did make the inside of the box smell really nice. The card says this has a retail value of $7.00, but all of their products listed on their website are sold for $6.00.

The druzy earrings and opal ring were handmade by Mermaid Gypsy. The card says that they both retail for $14.00, so I am going to assume that they are retailed at $7.00 a piece.

Mermaid Gypsy also made these cute little Peter Pan magnets. They have a retail value of $4.00.

“Second Star to the Right” charm bracelet was made by the Best Damn Craft Shop. This bracelet is very cute and dainty, it has a retail value of $12.00.

This box was supposed to have a new Indie book and a Funko Pop! I didn’t know that we were supposed to be receiving those items as well, so after I found that out I was totally disappointed! I love anything Funko and that would have been a great addition to this box! We did receive an e-mail the other day about either receiving the book or getting an Amazon gift card. I guess  that makes up for it, but still a let down. Hopefully the next couple of boxes will have everything that was promised.


Overall, this box has a value of $67.37. Not bad, I enjoyed this box more than the “Game of Thrones” box from June. If this box had the magnetic bookmarks like the GOT box, I would have loved this box so much more!

August’s box theme is:

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I’m really excited for these two boxes to come in!

What do you think of July’s TBDBB

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Lit-Cube September “Haunted Hearts” Box Review

Lit-Cube is a monthly subscription box 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 “Haunted Hearts” and it was guest curated by AG Howard the author of the book this month!

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

This month’s box looks very promising! I like that everything is some how connected to this months book. As always, the first item in the box is the information card detailing every item!

The book this month was The Architect of Song (Haunted Hearts Legacy #1) by A.G. Howard. Published August 15th 2016 by Golden Orb Press.

Goodreads Summary:

A lady imprisoned by deafness, an architect imprisoned by his past, and a ghost imprisoned within the petals of a flower – intertwine in this love story that transcends life and death.

For most of her life, nineteen-year-old Juliet Emerline has subsisted – isolated by deafness – making hats in the solitude of her home. Now, she’s at risk to lose her sanctuary to Lord Nicolas Thornton, a twenty-seven-year-old mysterious and eccentric architect with designs on her humble estate. When she secretly witnesses him raging beside a grave, Juliet investigates, finding the name “Hawk” on the headstone and an unusual flower at the base. The moment Juliet touches the petals, a young English nobleman appears in ghostly form, singing a song only her deaf ears can hear. The ghost remembers nothing of his identity or death, other than the one name that haunts his afterlife: Thornton.

To avenge her ghostly companion and save her estate, Juliet pushes aside her fear of society and travels to Lord Thornton’s secluded holiday resort, posing as a hat maker in one of his boutiques. There, she finds herself questioning who to trust: the architect of flesh and bones who can relate to her through romantic gestures, heartfelt notes, and sensual touches … or the specter who serenades her with beautiful songs and ardent words, touching her mind and soul like no other man ever can. As sinister truths behind Lord Thornton’s interest in her estate and his tie to Hawk come to light, Juliet is lured into a web of secrets. But it’s too late for escape, and the tragic love taking seed in her heart will alter her silent world forever.

International and NYT bestselling author, A.G. Howard, brings her darkly magical and visual/visceral storytelling to Victorian England. The Architect of Song is the first installment in her lush and romantic Haunted Hearts Legacy series, a four book gothic saga following the generations of one family as – haunted by both literal and figurative ghosts – they search for self-acceptance, love, and happiness.

This book has been on my TBR since I first heard about it, I can’t wait to read this! The retail value of this book is $14.99, but you can find it on Amazon for only $14.00! If you like ebooks then you can actually get this book for only $7.95.

I really like that LitCube includes signed bookplates in their subscription boxes! I think it just adds a little extra value to the book.

This journal is a LitCube exclusive! The quote on the cover was handpicked by Howard herself! “Keep a green tree in your heart, and perhaps a singing bird will come” -Chinese Proverb. This journal has a retail value of $12.99.

To go with our new journal is this mini feather quill & ink vial set, with a retail value of $14.99.

This particular Gardenia scented MOR soap has a retail value of $1.99. I couldn’t find this exact one on their website, but I did find a similar fancier soap in Snow Gardenia scent for $18.00.

The snackable this month is a Nestle Dark Chocolate flavored hot chocolate mix. You can purchase a box of 50 packets for $13.94 on Amazon. So for one packet the retail value is $0.28, not bad. Being at the bottom of Texas, it doesn’t get very cold, but I can’t wait to drink some hot chocolate while reading a good book!

The wearable this month, is this glass necklace with pressed flowers, with a retail value of $14.99. This is one of my favorite items this month!

This is a great box! Overall, this box has a value of $59.24. Although, if you include the soap you can purchase from MOR then the box increases in value to $75.25. I really like all of the items in this month’s box!

Did you receive a Lit-Cube this month? What do you think of the items?

Don’t miss next month’s box:

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Mer-Charmer Review

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Book 2 in the World of Aluvia series

Published: May 9th 2016 by Curiosity Quills Press

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

Fourteen-year-old Phoebe Quinn is surrounded by magic, but she can’t muster any of her own. Her sister is a fairy keeper. Her best friends are merfolk. And all she does is dishes and housework.

When Phoebe finds out a terrible sea creature is awakening that preys upon the peace-loving merfolk, she becomes determined to help them, even though it means going with Tristan and Mina to their home deep in the sea.

Beneath the waves, Phoebe learns she’s more like her sister than she realized. The merfolk are drawn to her, and she can sense the magic of the sea all around her. Magic is finally at her fingertips, but that’s precisely why the stirring dark power under the waters decides it wants her most of all.

Now she must not only help the peaceful merfolk escape this ancient enemy, she must master her out-of-control powers. If she fails, she will die and darkness will rise and enslave the merfolk once more. But embracing her full power could cost her the very people she loves the most.

“He held one of her hands; Mina held the other. And they pulled her deeper into the sea, where she’d always longed to go; no matter how many told her she couldn’t.”

This was my August’s Lit-Cube book, and I really enjoyed it, they always pick out great books (at least so far)! They gave us the first book as an ebook for free, so I read that one first (check out my Fairy Keeper review!). Bearce said you can read each book as a standalone or in order, and that is pretty much true. The second book took place 4 years after the first, and really only a situation in the first book had influence for the second.

“So much for keeping things from her sister. Her pathetic attempt at hiding the truth was like a giant rope coming completely unwoven, each strand blowing loose and open in the wind for all to see.”

Plot wise this book was very similar to the first, with the main difference being the adventure was in the ocean instead of on land. Sierra and her two friends go off to find the fairies in the first book, and in the second Phoebe and her two friends go off to try to save the mermaids from an ancient enemy. Sierra struggled with her romantic notions towards Micah, and Phoebe struggled with her romantic notions towards Tristan. I could go on, but I think you get the idea. Although, I do have to say that I enjoyed this book more than the first one. I think I just like mermaids and the ocean more so than fairies. =)

“But some things mattered more than her own happiness. The protection of the merfolk was one of them.”

What I enjoyed most about this book, is the personal journey that Phoebe went on. Phoebe started off being held back by the events of the past, and having a hard time letting all of it go. By the end of her journey, Phoebe was finally able to let it go and become a strong individual. She sacrificed so much in the end, and I don’t think even Sierra understands the lengths Phoebe went through to save the merfolk and herself.

“Through Tristan’s magic, she still breathed, though she wasn’t quite sure why she’d want to. She’d given up everything she loved. The merfolk had no reason to love her, a human, now that their magical link was destroyed.”

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It moved a little bit slow in the beginning, but definitely picked up speed the last half of the book. If you love a good fantasy centered around mermaids, then you’ll enjoy this book!

 

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Lit-Cube August “I’d Rather Be A Mermaid” Review

Lit-Cube is a monthly subscription box 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 “I’d Rather Be A Mermaid.” I love all things mermaid, so waiting all month for this box was torture!

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

After the theme card, comes the description card of all of the items included in this months box.

Would you rather be a mermaid A witch? A faerie? Or a werewolf? Choose your favorite paranormal story and download samples from The Cotton Candy Quintet! I thought this was a cute way to promote Erin Hayes’ books from The Cotton Candy Quintet.

Another promotional item in the box, is this Updrift coaster. Updrift is the first book in The Mer Chronicles by Erinn Stevens. The coaster is really cute, and after looking it up I found out it is also the cover of the book, so I will definitely have to check it out!

The book this month is Mer-Charmer by Amy Bearce. This is book two in the World of Aluvia series, but it can be read as a standalone, which is great because I haven’t read the first one yet!

Published: May 9th 2016 by Curiosity Quills Press

Goodreads Summary:

Fourteen-year-old Phoebe Quinn is surrounded by magic, but she can’t muster any of her own. Her sister is a fairy keeper. Her best friends are merfolk. And all she does is dishes and housework.

When Phoebe finds out a terrible sea creature is awakening that preys upon the peace-loving merfolk, she becomes determined to help them, even though it means going with Tristan and Mina to their home deep in the sea.

Beneath the waves, Phoebe learns she’s more like her sister than she realized. The merfolk are drawn to her, and she can sense the magic of the sea all around her. Magic is finally at her fingertips, but that’s precisely why the stirring dark power under the waters decides it wants her most of all.

Now she must not only help the peaceful merfolk escape this ancient enemy, she must master her out-of-control powers. If she fails, she will die and darkness will rise and enslave the merfolk once more. But embracing her full power could cost her the very people she loves the most.

The retail value of this book is $16.99, but you can find it on Amazon for $16.14 (at least you get a 5% discount!).

This book has an interesting premise. I have read some really good mermaid books and some that are not so great. I really hope this falls in the first category!

If you haven’t read the first book (Fairy Keeper), like me, Lit-Cube included a free ebook download! If you have Kindle Unlimited you can read it for free, but if you are like me and don’t you can purchase it from Amazon for $4.99. For an ebook that is not a bad price.

This month, we not only received a paperback book and a free ebook, but we also got another paperback book! My TBR list is growing quickly!

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama

Published: October 1st 2013 by Square Fish (first published September 4th 2012).

Goodreads Summary:

Fierce, seductive mermaid Syrenka falls in love with Ezra, a young naturalist. When she abandons her life underwater for a chance at happiness on land, she is unaware that this decision comes with horrific and deadly consequences.

Almost one hundred forty years later, seventeen-year-old Hester meets a mysterious stranger named Ezra and feels overwhelmingly, inexplicably drawn to him. For generations, love has resulted in death for the women in her family. Is it an undiagnosed genetic defect . . . or a curse? With Ezra’s help, Hester investigates her family’s strange, sad history. The answers she seeks are waiting in the graveyard, the crypt, and at the bottom of the ocean—but powerful forces will do anything to keep her from uncovering her connection to Syrenka and to the tragedy of so long ago.

This book has some great reviews on Goodreads, and I can’t wait to dive into it! (See what I did there? ;)).

This book has a retail value of $9.99, or you can get the Kindle version for only $7.09 on Amazon.

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Another goody this month, is this Lit-Cube Exclusive Mermaid Travel Cup! It is super adorable, and I love that it is in purple! This travel cup has a retail value of $9.99.

Inside the travel cup was all of these goodies! There was some promotional items for more mermaid books, a signed bookplate from Amy Bearce, a couple of drink packets, and a lip balm.

If you join Poppy Lawless’s newsletter, she will give you a free copy of The Glass Mermaid (book one in The Chancellor Fairy Tales series). All my life is as fragile as glass. What would you sacrifice to save the one you love?

Amy Bearce’s signed bookplate is super adorable. “Everytime you write a review, a mermaid is born!”

This months snackable are Everly Drink Packets! These drink mixes make drinking water every day more enjoyable. “Their drink mixes are natural, sugar free, zero calorie, and very affordable. Great for a hot summer day while reading a book!” We even got a code to try all of the flavors for free! They have a 3-day challenge to kick the soda and sugar out of your diet for only $10, and a box of 30 packets is only $17.50. Since we received two samples, I would guess that the estimated value is $1.17. We even received a pitcher packet, but I couldn’t find that one on their website. I received Peach Mango, Green Tea Passion Fruit, and Strawberry Lemonade to try!

The wearable in the box is the Mermaid Lip-Balm by LippincottSoapCo on Etsy. Their “Mermaid” lip balm smells just like a rainbow snowcone! This is a creamy, scentless balm that stays on for hours. The ingredients in this balm are beeswax, jojoba oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, phthalate-free flavor oil, castor oil, lanolin, and vitamin E. This has a retail value of $4.00, but if your purchase is $50 or more they have a coupon code for 10% off!

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“I must be a mermaid. I have no fear of the depths, and a great fear of shallow living.” Believe it or not, but this is a beach towel! This is the last Lit-Cube exclusive item in this months box with a retail value of $19.95. I love the quote on the towel, but it doesn’t feel like a towel. It seems as if it is more like a blanket, but still cute.

Overall, this box has a value of $66.23, not bad for a $34 subscription box! I think since I have been subscribing, this has been the most highly anticipated box and it did not disappoint! I loved that this one came with more than one book and all of the bookish items were great!

Next months theme is “Haunted Hearts” and it is being guest curated by AG Howard the author of The Architect of Song (which will be the book next month). Everything in the box will be hand picked by Howard, how exciting!

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What do you think of this months box?! Do you love mermaids just as much as me? What do you think of next months theme??

Check out my Facebook page and let me know if you have one as well!

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This Savage Song Review

IMG_0031This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Published: July 5th 2016 by Greenwillow Books

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

There’s no such thing as safe.

Kate Harker wants to be as ruthless as her father. After five years and six boarding schools, she’s finally going home to prove that she can be.

August Flynn wants to be human. But he isn’t. He’s a monster, one that can steal souls with a song. He’s one of the three most powerful monsters in a city overrun with them. His own father’s secret weapon.

Their city is divided.

Their city is crumbling.

Kate and August are the only two who see both sides, the only two who could do something.

But how do you decide to be a hero or a villain when it’s hard to tell which is which?

“It was a cruel trick of the universe, thought August, that he only felt human after doing something monstrous.”

I received this book in one of my YA book box subscriptions, and I am so glad I did! I most likely wouldn’t have stumbled across this one at least for a little while. I highly enjoyed this book and the author was correct when describing this book “Sin City PLUS Romeo and Juliet MINUS romance PLUS monsters.” You definitely got that Sin City vibe minus everything being in black and white with hints of color.

“Monsters, monsters, big and small,
“They’re gonna come and eat you all.
Corsai, Corsai, tooth and claw,
Shadow and bone will eat you raw.
Malchai, Malchai, sharp and sly,
Smile and bite and drink you dry.
Sunai, Sunai, eyes like coal,
Sing you a song and steal your soul.
Monsters, monsters, big and small,
They’re gonna come and eat you all!”

August is a monster who wants to be human. Throughout the entire book, we see him struggling with what being a human means and how to not got dark and loose what humanity he has. Probably out of all of the characters, August grew the most and truly realized his purpose in life. Which, I am honestly glad he embraced his true self, hopefully in the second book we will see a little less emo August.

Kate, on the other hand, was a little bit harder to like or even relate to. She is coming off as this strong and independent person who is trying to prove her worth. But all I see is a girl with way too much privilege. The very first act we see from Kate, is her burning down a little chapel, not because she needed to but because she wanted to. She viewed it as the only way to get kicked out and sent back to V-City. Even the cop who escorted her knew she was a privileged kid and only gets away with things because Daddy pays for it. After she finally gets her way, Kate still just does whatever she wants. Nothing has changed just the location. Even throughout the whole book when she is trying to stay alive with August, I felt like Kate never changed. She was a very one dimensional character.

“Even if surviving wasn’t simple, or easy, or fair.
Even if he could never be human.
He wanted the chance to matter.
He wanted to live.”

The plot was very intriguing. Following along with Kate and August, I thought I had it all figured out on who the bad guy was and was totally thrown for a loop. Although, I should have seen it coming I missed it. The plot did start off slow at first, but after awhile it started to pick up and then I couldn’t put the book down until I finished! The whole thing was well written, and very action packed (of course with monsters thrown into the mix, it would be hard not to be!).

I would definitely suggest picking up this book if you have the chance! If you read it already, what did you think of it?

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August Uppercase 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.

You can check out my other Uppercase reviews here, and my other book subscription reviews here!

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I love that Lisa writes her subscribers a note every month! It just makes the subscription seem more personable. The bookmark included is part of a reading experience where the subscriber can participate with Uppercase. Each code unlocks questions, polls and videos that correspond to that particular moment in the book. I really enjoy this Uppercase feature!

The book this month is P.S. I Like You by Kasie West and it came signed! The retail price for this book is $17.99, but you can find it on Amazon for $10.58.

Goodreads Summary:

Signed, sealed, delivered…

While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…

I haven’t read in any contemporaries in a while, so this will be a nice change of genre! The premise sounds intriguing, and I can’t wait to solve the mystery of the identity of Lily’s pen pal with her!

Update (August 26, 2016): I finished P.S. I like you and I loved it! Check out my full review here!

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This quote print was included in the box. It’s cute, but came a little crinkled around the edges.

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Bookish Thoughts Notepad designed by Simini Blocker. This is one of two Uppercase exclusive items this month. Since it is a custom designed item, I don’t know what the value of this would be.

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“Once Upon a Time” necklace is the second Uppercase exclusive item. This was my favorite item out of the box this month.

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Overall, I really liked all of the items this month. I’ll definitely use the notepad and wear the necklace! The print will look great in a frame on my bookcase!

Have you read P.S. I Like You? What did you think of it!

Posted in Subscription Box, Young Adult

Best Damn Book Box Review

I received my very first The Best Damn Book Box today, and I am super excited to open it up and start my review! This is really the June “Game of Thrones” box, but because of family issues they weren’t able to send out my box until this week. So August is going to be a busy month for the FedEx guy.

The BDBB is a monthly subscription box:

“A Book Subscription Box For Your Bookish Delight! We Deliver Adventures To Your Door!  30% off 3 OR 6 MONTH SUBSCRIPTIONS!!! Just use Code MSASAVE30

  • Some of the Best Damn Authors around!
  • Exclusive items created for each box
  • Top Selling YA novels each month for your reading delight
  • 5 to 6 bookish items, tea, snacks, jewelry, bookmarks, candles, etc., handcrafted by amazing small shops
  • Newly released or Best Sellers Each Month based around a monthly theme!
  • Each Box Donates $1 to a charity each month!”

There are three different types of subscriptions:

  • Monthly: $39.99
  • 3 Month Prepay: $89.99
  • 6 Month Prepay: $169.99
  • Shipping rates are $6.99 US, $10.99 Canada, and $19.99 Internationally

Normally, the boxes ship on or around the 25th of each month in waves.

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Just like in most subscription boxes, this one has a description card included in the box. Since the theme was “Game of Thrones”, the description card came inside a wax sealed envelope. Pretty neat way to incorporate the theme!

The book this month is The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

Published: May 17th 2016 by Belzer + Bray

Goodreads Summary:

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love… or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear… the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

This book retails for $17.99, but you can find it on Amazon for $10.58.

The premise of this book looks really interesting. My only problem is that I already have this on my TBR shelf. =/. If this book had come in on time, I’m pretty sure I could have avoided having a duplicate book. But, it is okay I am giving it to a friend, silver lining.

Once I have a chance to read it, I will definitely add my review here!

Update (8/30/16): Finally had a chance to read it! Check out my full review!

These super adorable bookmarks are made by Nerdy Grl Designs. This shop is based out of Florida, and she makes magnetic bookmarks and stickers. All of her items are super cute, in fact I just found a birthday present for one of my good friends! This particular High Fantasy Magnetic Bookmarks are sold individually for $3.15 a piece, or the entire set of 7 for $11.00.

This is the box of bookmarks (one can never have too many)! This is a gorgeous, hand crafted, water color bookmark of Jon Snow by Marquis du Soleil. You can find this 2×5 bookmark on her Etsy page for only $2.25.

A gorgeous art print of the Mother of Dragons and her Dragons also by Marquis du Soliel. This 8×10 print can be purchased for only $12.00.

This handmade Targaryen necklace by The Best Damn Craft Shop. You either received Stark or Targaryen, and since I had no idea who any of those people (I am assuming people) are I had to look them up. I couldn’t find this particular vendor, so I am estimating the value for the necklace to be around $10.00.

Believe it or not, but this particular item is a coaster! This is a hand crafted Dragons Egg coaster by Pigsey Art. I couldn’t find this coaster on the website, but I found some others that come in a set of 4 for $24.99. Since our box only came with one coaster, the retail value on it is approximately $6.25.

This button is an extra item added for last months wait. It is a button pin of the Mother of Dragons by Infinity Designs.

Since the box was extra late, this was an extra bonus item inside the box. This is a Jon Snow wax crumble by Once Upon A Wick. Some boxes received the Jon Snow crumble and others received the Dragons Blood. The Jon Snow wax crumble has a scent of “Patchouli, bergamot, Cedar wood, Sandal wood and amber. It’s fiery and calming.” You can purchase this item by itself for only $6.00 or you can purchase them together as a combo for only $10.00. I love this item, it made the box smell super nice and I can’t wait to be able to use it after I finish my current scent.

There was a couple extra “filler” items inside the box. One was a book plate for Crystal Crowned, the final installment of the ‘Air Awakens’ series by Elise Kova. Lastly, there was a bookmark (told you the box of bookmarks) for The Bad Seed by Michael Lackey.

“The light shines the brightest when the world is at its darkest.” -Michael Lackey 

I have a 6 month prepaid subscription, so it comes out to approximately $35 a month. This box has an estimated value of $53, that’s a pretty good deal. Overall, I would say I like most of the items in the box. My favorite items would have to be the magnetic bookmarks and the wax crumble. I have a few friends who are GOT fanatics, so some of these items will make great Christmas gifts for one of them!

TBDBB is definitely one of my most expensive book subscriptions, so I will have to wait to get a few more boxes to see if I will continue with this one. So far, I don’t like it mainly because I purchased this subscription back in May and I received my first box in August. I understand that there was a death in the family and that things happen, but at least be only a month behind instead of two. They did keep us up to date on their boxes and what was going on, so I really did appreciate that.

What do you think of this (well June’s) months box? Are you a Game of Thrones fan? What did you think of the items?

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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