Some Favorite Harry Potter Moments

So, I had three great posts planned for this week. Did I do any of them? Nope. Because I’m both busy and lazy. Sorry! I guess I’ll do them next week? Maybe I will write them now while Oliver is busy watching Big Bugs Band.

But! It did leave me with a chance to do this impromptu post! I’m glad it did because I would’ve felt foolish if I’d passed up this opportunity to gush about Harry Potter.

Happy Birthday to Harry and Neville! Here’s to these two heroes!

Continue reading “Some Favorite Harry Potter Moments”

Magicians and Axe Murderers: The Chronicles of Alice by Christina Henry

Wow. I almost don’t even know where to begin. This retelling of Alice in Wonderland is one crazy, dark, wild ride. And I loved every minute of it. Even the parts that made me squirm. Continue reading “Magicians and Axe Murderers: The Chronicles of Alice by Christina Henry”

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

If you love this book, you might not want to read ahead. A lot of unpopular opinions are about to spew from my lips…er fingers.

16034235Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

Publication Date: August 7th, 2012

Series: Throne of Glass, #2

Genre: Fantasy, YA

Rating: 2/5

It all starts with the cover. At first glance, you see it, and you’re blown away. It looks so bad-ass and awesome! But then you look closer, and you realize it’s actually ridiculous. How can anyone possibly fight with all that long hair flying everywhere?

tog reviewAnd don’t even get me started on those pants. They look great…till you realize that if this was real life, her pants would be falling off her butt, they’re slung so low! I can’t even look at them.

Girl, your pants are falling off!

And this is where my eye rolling began. Continue reading “Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas”

Girl in the Shadows by Gwenda Bond

26828513Publisher: Skyscape

Publication Date: July 5th, 2016

Series: Girl on a Wire, #2

Genre: Fantasy, YA

Rating: 2.5/5

I read this book last week, and it was released yesterday. I had a moment of extreme cover love, which ultimately led me to requesting this book. Isn’t the cover gorgeous?

Unfortunately, the cover is my favorite part about this book. Continue reading “Girl in the Shadows by Gwenda Bond”

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Mass | Part I: Review

17927395Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s 

Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016

Series: A Court of Thrones and Roses, #2

Genre: Fantasy, YA

Rating: 5/5

Okay, if I could go back, I would change my rating of A Court of Thorns and Roses to a three, maybe a two, because not only did I have my issues with the book, but A Court of Mist and Fury was a gazillion times better!

I literally told my husband, “Just skip the first book if you want to read the series. I will fill you in so you can begin with this one.”

I have to have a two part to this review because I want to discuss some spoilers! This first part will be my actually review with minor spoilers at most. The second part will be my discussion of the book and more reasons why I think it’s amazing with all the spoilers in the world.

Okay, here’s my running list of why this was better:

  • Much less hanky panky: Sarah J. Maas’s sex scenes are weird and over-the-top so I appreciated that in the book overall they weren’t as frequent.
  • More angst: However, this book was much more angsty in the sense that the whole time you’re thinking, “Will they? Won’t they?” I didn’t feel that in the first book, whereas this book, I really wanted to see how the relationships evolved and progress.
  • Less romance: Obviously, there’s still lots of romance ^^. But it’s flirtatious and natural and less plot centered. In the first book, the romantic elements are at the heart of the action. I’d actually call the first book a romance with fantastical elements. This book is a fantasy novel with romances in it. This shift alone did wonders for the book.
  • Feyre is her own character now: In the first book, I mostly just thought of her as a Katniss Everdeen copycat. Now I actually think of her as her own character. The development she made was phenomenal! She has some truly dark moments that she has to figure out and get through. She goes from being a martyr to embracing her role. It was awesome.
  • f4caec92c7250f6bd86321200e45c760418c69bac94bbff291a3149671864d12Rhysand, Rhysand, Rhysand: I think Rhysand is basically everyone’s favorite character. I knew from his entrance in A Court of Thorns and Roses that he was going to be mine in the series. I instantly recognized his trope: the bad boy with a secret heart of gold. Those are always my favorites, and he did not disappoint in this book.
  • Less Tamlin: Tamlin didn’t bother me in the first book so much as I was apathetic. I didn’t care for him, nor did I hate him. He was just meh. Though I’m not sure I can totally see the jump from his characterization in the first book to this book, I at least appreciate that he has taken on a more interesting and meaningful role, even though he isn’t in the story as much.
  • A strong supporting cast: We meet a ton more characters in ACOMAF. What’s more is that they are all well-developed. They have backstories, histories, character ticks. They all feel real and relevant. This book is definitely more character-driven than plot-driven, as opposed to the first book.   

There’s one thing though that did drive me nuts about this book, and that was the flying scenes. Sometimes I’d wonder from the description how these things were even physically possible!

But other than that, no complaints. The ending was fantastic. Not a cliffhanger, but left me on the edge of my seat nevertheless. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

What did you think of the book? Who is your favorite character?

Stay tuned for Part II!

Tootle loo, darlings!

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June OwlCrate + Nerdy Post Review

I love subscription boxes, everyone. They are my new obsession. I only wish I had more money, so I could buy more of them! Today, I will briefly cover this month’s OwlCrate as usual, but also want to introduce you to a brand spanking new subscription service called Nerdy Post!

The theme of this month’s OwlCrate is Royalty. Which is pretty cool. Unfortunately for me, I haven’t read most of the popular books that this crate featured. But if you’ve read The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer or Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (both of which I’m dying to read), you would’ve loved this box! I still enjoyed it, despite not having read these. The box included:

  • IMG_0418An awesome mini poster featuring a quote from Red Queen
  • A  metal bracelet (which I love) inspired by The Lunar Chronicles.
  • Cute, mini magnetic bookmarks. I am always ecstatic when my boxes included bookmarks because they are one thing I just kind of forget to buy or can’t justify spending money on.
  • Speaking of bookmarks, the box also included a discount to this bookmark shop, which has the coolest bookmarks I’ve ever seen! I will be using this!
  • A mystery Funko Pop Disney Mini. I got Ariel. I’m glad I did because I don’t have her in my Funko collection.

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Pretty fancy! The book in OwlCrate this month was My Lady Jane, a historical retelling of Lady Jane Grey with a fantasy element. I’m super excited about this! I hadn’t heard of this book, but Lady Grey is one of my favorite historical icons. I give my endorsement to OwlCrate, and I am excited for next month’s! The theme: Good vs. Evil, and everyone will either receive a Good or an Evil box. Personally, I’m hoping for the Evil one!

This month, I also received a package from Nerdy Post! Nerdy Post is a newborn baby amongst subscription services. This was there first month in the running. While there are some growing pains apparently, this first package was great!

Nerdy Post is by the talented Alexis Lampley, who is both a published writer and typographer. Each month features products that she created and designed herself, featuring bookish typography! I must say I’m impressed! That is a ton of work. In fact, I’m pleased to announce that Alexis was kind enough to indulge me, and I will post an interview with her later this week.

IMG_0419The theme this month was Hogwarts. Each piece was unique and beautifully crafted. Since it’s mostly paper products, the service is relatively cheaper than most literary subscription  services. Nerdy Post this month included:

  • A handy little Mischief Managed notepad, which I’m already putting to good use
  • A Lumos/Nox bookmark. I loved the design on this with all my heart! It’s probably my favorite item in the box.
  • A cute “Prefect” pin. I collect pins so I’ll take it!
  • A Nerdy Post postcard that we can color in. Each box will feature its own unique color yourself postcard. I think that’s clever
  • This amazing poster using the spells from the books to create the Hogwarts crest! Okay, this might be my favorite item in the box too.

Apparently, one other small item was supposed to be included in the box. Alexis has already said to email with any issues. Like I said, growing pains. But honestly, even without that item, I feel that I got my money’s worth. So if you like bookmarks and fancy writing, check out Nerdy Post for sure! Next month’s theme is Game of Thrones. The book has been sitting on my shelf for sometime so I think I’m going to read it to be prepared for the box.

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Anyone else have subscription boxes that they just love? Share them with me! Please feed my addiction.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

16096824Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s

Publication Date: May 5th, 2015

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4/5 

After seeing the popularity of this book in the blog-o-sphere and all over Instagram, I figured it was high time that I found out what all of the hullabaloo was about. And I must say, now I can why everyone is making such a fuss.

I read this book as fast as I could. And part of me isn’t quite sure why. Continue reading “A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas”