Review: September Owlcrate~Darkness

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IOwlcrate is a monthly Young Adult Book Subsciption box which sends out a new YA release each month along with 4-5 bookish goodies that fit that month’s theme.  I found Owlcrate in March and have loved every box I have gotten. This is my review of the September box.

The theme of this month’s box was Darkness. One of the items in the box was a Six of Crows bookmark created by eviebookish especially for this box. I love her designs and was so psyched to see this item when I opened my box. I now have the perfect bookmark for when I binge read the Six of Crows Duology. It says “No Mourners, No Funerals” on one side and “When everyone knows you’re a monster you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.”

Next is this beautiful candle also an exclusive to the box made by The Melting Library inspired by the Throne of Glass series. Which I am reading next year when all the books are out. It has been a struggle waiting and this candle isn’t making it easier. It is after the main characters love of chocolate cake. Thus the name Celaena’s Cake. It smells like chocolate but with another scent under it. I wish it just smelled like chocolate because that other scent throws the smell off in my opinion. I love the circle quote included when you open the candle and thought it was such a nice touch. I can’t wait to burn it. It will make a perfect bath candle.

Speaking of baths. A berry scented fortune telling bath bomb was included. This looks like it is going to be a great item for a pamper night. I love berry scents and it being a fortune telling bath bomb just adds more fun to using it. I can’t wait to run a hot bath,light some candles(including Celaena’s Cake).and relax with some music and a book. No, I haven’t decided what I am going to ask.

I love Out of Prints products so I was excited to see this pouch inspired by Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. The movie came out in September and I haven’t seen it or read the books yet but I love the quote on the bag which says “Strange, I thought, how you can be living your dreams and your nightmares at the same time” from book 2 Hollow City. On the other side it just says Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. Out of Print always makes such well made products with a fun bookish twist.

Owlcrate always includes a trading card with all the items listed on the back and why they included them, a sneak peek card with the next month’s theme witch is Once Upon a Dream and one of the items that will be included in next month’s box, and now a collectible pin(they started including pins in their August 2016 box) with artwork from the trading card. In this box they also included a promotional item for a new book written by P.C. Cast called Moon Chosen and Remade part one of a new YA serial story. One of my favorite things included that just bought me back to my childhood was a hand held fortune teller. I remember folding them up in class and asking them all kinds of questions but my childhood answers didn’t look anything like these which include horrible ways to die or your plan going wrong. One of my favorites is Your familiar, a killer whale, kills you. They also usually send a promotional item for the book with the box which is what the fortune teller is. Examples of items they have sent as promos for the books are mini posters,stickers,temporary tattoos,and colored pencils.

Owlcrate also always includes a letter written for the box by the author of the chosen book. Their was a map of the world on the back of this letter. I love that touch and it is so cool to get in the author’s head about the book they have written. This month’s pick was Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. I had seen this book around on amazon and goodreads but never really looked into it but when I read the jacket I was like how have a never looked into this book before. Three sisters(triplets)all born with an equal right to the throne must fight to the death to become Queen. All the sisters have a different kind of magic. This sounds so dark and magical. I can’t wait to dive into this book. I loved that this box came with a book plate signed by the author. I live on the gulf side of FL and signings are very few on this side of FL so whenever I can get a signed bookplate I am always happy.

Rating: 5/5

If you haven’t subscribed to Owlcrate I am leaving a link so you can do so if you wish. I love this box and if could only get one box I would get Owlcrate.

Here is the link: Owlcrate

Your’s in Rebellion,

The Reading Rebel

Teaser Tuesday #31

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers.

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The Genius and the Muse by Elizabeth Hunter

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Teaser #1

The picture that continued to fascinate Kate, even after years of contemplation, was a small 8×10 in the top right corner of the wall.

Teaser #2

“I thought our vision is what we want to see in the future.”

Sorry I am so late posting this. I haven’t started this book but look forward to starting it today. I need a book like this right know after reading The Serpent King. What do you think of the teasers? Have you read this author before? I never have.

Your’s in Rebellion,

The Reading Rebel

 

Teaser Tuesday #30

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers.

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The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Teaser #1

“I gotta head this way y’all.” Travis said.

“Hey, why do you look like you got fifteen minutes of sleep last night? You okay?” Lydia asked. 

Teaser #2

“Please don’t forget about me.”

“I never will. You’re my best friend.”

“Have you told Travis?”

Happy TT everyone. I hope you enjoyed these teasers from The Serpent King which I plan to read really soon and am looking forward to it. I have heard great things. Please leave a link to your TT in the comment section.

Happy Reading,

The Reading Rebel

Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Book 1 in The Dark Artifices series

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal/Urban Fantasy

Summary from Goodreads:

The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.

My Review

I do recommend to get the most out of Lady Midnight that you read The Mortal Instruments series and The Infernal Devices series first as many of the characters from each show up or are talked about in Lady Midnight. THERE IS ONE OR TWO MINOR SPOILERS FROM BOTH SERIES IN THIS REVIEW. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. I would also like to say I am very sorry that this review isn’t as in depth and thought out as some of my others as I did this by memory and I usually have around 4 pages of notes.

Julian Blackthorn and Emma Carstairs have been best friends as long as they can remember and after the Dark War where Emma lost her parents and Julian his father,sister,and brother,they have been each others only support system. They become parabatai which are partners in battle and best friends who promise to stay by each other side forever. But being a parabatai also means you can’t fall in love with each other. It is forbidden and the punishment is harsh. Emma has never thought that her parents where killed in the Dark War but by someone else and has been looking for the killer and clues that she is right for years. When more and more people and faeries are killed, the faeries come to Julian and Emma and offer a deal. If they find the killer they can have back Julian’s brother Mark who they took in the Dark War. Love, Loyalty, and Family all collide in the first book of the Dark Artifices series.

I finished Lady Midnight last night after reading 200 plus pages in one sitting. I fell in love with Julian, Emma, Christina, Mark, and the rest of the characters. Clare’s characters crawl under you skin and plant themselves in your heart. I loved how both Julian and Emma were both so different from Clare’s other heroes and heroines.  Emma is reckless, an amazing warrior, loves with everything she has and wants to hurt anyone who even looks at the people she loves sideways, and has a great wit. Julian is nothing like Clare’s other heroes. He had to at a young age take on the raising of 4 siblings. He will do anything to save the people he loves no matter what the cost. He is more ruthless then you would think reading about him because he seems very gentle and he is with the people he loves but don’t let that fool you into thinking he wouldn’t gut anyone who is a danger to people he loves. I think he is the perfect counterpart to Emma and I Ship these two. I love Mark, Julian’s half faerie brother and I have since I meet him in City of Heavenly Fire(The Mortal Instruments Book 6). He is so messed up from being in faerie and seeing him rejoin the human race is just as funny as it is heartbreaking. Christina was a really interesting character as she is running from something in her past(she is from Mexico City) and it was a surprise when I found out why had run away to the LA. Christina and Emma became good friends very fast and it is nice that unlike Clare’s other heroines,Emma does have a girl friend to talk too. You also fall in love with all Juilan’s siblings from the twins Livia(who loves the saber as a weapon) and Tiberius(who wants to be a detective),to Drusilla(who love all things horror),and the youngest Octavian(who really wants to help his older siblings in the investigation and help keep his older brother home). Malcolm the High Warlock of L.A. was a character that I was very interested in having meet him in City of Heavenly Fire and you find out what happened to him to make him so absent minded and unique in Lady Midnight. There is huge cast of characters and you just love them all.

The plot was just amazing with so much action, twists, turns, twists again, love forbidden, love lost, love forgotten, loyalty tested, trust broken, family lost, family found, choices made that can never be undone,heartbreak, hearts healed, lies told and retold, magic, more magic,and finally that heartbreaking ending that will leave you yelling NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! You can’t end it there! Lady Midnight had everything I look for it a book.It has great writing, a plot with twists and turns, characters that you fall in love with and don’t leave you, and a world you want to be part of.  If you want a book you can’t put down, characters you miss the second you turn the last page,and writing that hits the ball out of the park then this is the book for you. 

Rating: 5 out of 5

Content:PG-13

Your’s in Rebellion,

The Reading Rebel

Review: Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

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Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

Book 1 in the Woodcutter Sisters’ Series

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/ Fairy Tale Retelling

Summary from Goodreads:

It isn’t easy being the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true.

When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One night Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland—and a man Sunday’s family despises.

The prince returns to his castle, intent on making Sunday fall in love with him as the man he is, not the frog he was. But Sunday is not so easy to woo. How can she feel such a strange, strong attraction for this prince she barely knows? And what twisted secrets lie hidden in his past—and hers?

My Review

Sunday is the youngest sister of the Woodcutter family in the magical land of Arilland. One day when she goes off to write in the woods she meets a talking frog who was a man but has been cursed to be a frog.They fall in love and Sunday trying to help him break the enchantment kisses him. He turns back into his human self which is the Rumbold, Prince of Arilland and a man who Sunday’s family hates. Will true love prevail in a land as full of deceit as it is of magic?.

This is the first book in the Woodcutter Sisters series and it is about the youngest sister Sunday. Sunday has the power that whatever she writes will come true but the reality of what she writes might not be what you wanted. It’s a be careful what you wish for kind of thing. Sunday is my second favorite sister so far(my first being Saturday ). I was surprised how much I liked her. Reading the back of the book she just didn’t sound very interesting but I was wrong. One of the things I love about her character is Sunday is very open about her faults and doesn’t try to pretend to be perfect or someone she isn’t. But sometimes she underestimates herself. I really loved the hero Rumbold. I loved his transformation from human to frog to human and how he was changed by each one. I love how strong and determended Rumbold is to get back to his old life after the curse is broken. I know what it is like to feel like a stranger in your own skin. I love how the books in the Woodcutter series aren’t just romances but also have a focus on family and loyalty. Rumbold is my favorite hero in the series. One of my favorite scenes was Sunday and Rumbold’s first dance at the ball. It reminded me of Lizzy and Darcy’s first dance together in the Pride and Prejudice movie from 2005, the scene were the whole room falls away and it’s only them. I loved Sunday’s sister and how they were all so different and unique. Sunday’s younger brother Trix is a hoot. I have never known a character to attract such chaos and disaster. He has his own spin-off series that starts with Trixter.

One great thing I loved about this book was there was always something going on and there was never a dull moment. Two of my favorite characters were Rumbold’s fey cousin Velius(who I really want to get his own story)and Rumbold’s guard Erik who had a great sense of humor. I have a warning for all who do not like love at first sight. Don’t read this series. All the books have it. Kontis has an amazing imagination and weaves so many different fairy tales and legends together sometimes you can’t tell where the fairy tale ends and her imagination begins. I do recommend you read these books in order. I didn’t and missed out on some of the plot twists. This book at least had more information about the world and the faeries and the magic but more needs to be known. They call on all these gods and nothing is explained about them. I loved the ending. It was perfect. Kontis weaves a charming tale full of fairy tales, magic, and love. I can’t wait for the next Woodcutters Sisters’ Book. It’s about the Pirate Queen Thursday.

Rating:5 out of 5

Content Rating: PG

Happy Reading,

The Reading Rebel

Waiting on Wednesday #56

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Breaking the Spine @ breakingthespine.blogspot.com where we book bloggers talk about a book that isn’t released yet that we are excited about.

My Pick this Week is………

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Strangely Beautiful by Leanna Renee Hieber

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Release Date: April 26, 2016(reissue)

Summary from Goodreads:

Originally published as two books, Strangely Beautiful unites Leanna Renee Hieber’s critically acclaimed novels in a single revised volume, restoring the author’s original vision for the work.

Miss Persephone Parker—known as Percy—is different, with her lustrous, snow-white hair, pearlescent pale skin, and uncanny ability to see and communicate with ghosts. Seeking to continue her education, Percy has come to Queen Victoria’s London, to the Athens Academy. What she will learn there will change her life forever.

Athens Academy is the citadel of The Guard, an ancient order that battles the forces of evil. The Victorian Guard, led by professor Alexi Rychman, is incomplete. They cannot defeat Jack the Ripper— who is more than the serial killer he appears to be—or the greater monster his appearance heralds.

Percy’s lifelong habit of concealment combined with Alexi’s fevered search for the Guard’s missing seventh nearly prove disastrous as ancient Greek myths begin playing out in modern, gaslit, Victorian London. Percy and her new friends and allies must overcome their preconceptions about each other and their own histories before they can set the world to rights.

Why am I Excited

Okay I know I am cheating picked a re-release but I couldn’t help myself. I love Leanna Renee Hieber’s writing,characters,humor,and world. I have been waiting to get my hands on another book of hers and when I heard about this re-release was coming out before Eterna and Omega, I was dancing for joy. I am so excited to read Leanna’s first two books but re-edited and with scenes added and can’t to fall in love with the hero who she modeled after the late great Alan Rickman.

What are you waiting on this week?

Your’s in Rebellion,

The Reading Rebel

Teaser Tuesday #29

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Book 1 in the Dark Artifices Trilogy

Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy/Paranormal

Teaser #1

“Laws are meaningless, child,” Malcolm said in a low voice that somehow still carried. “There is nothing more important than love. And no law higher.”

Teaser #2

Cristina picked up the parchment. On it was written, in a delicate script, Remember your promises. Remember that none of it is real.

I am loving this book so much. But then I am a HUGE fan of Cassandra Clare’s writing. What do you think of the teasers? Would you check out this book?

Happy Reading,

The Reading Rebel