Guardians of the Galaxy | Movie Review

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I’m a little late to the party, I know! I’ve been meaning to get around to this movie, and the second one just came out which is why I finally watched this one.

 

So here it is! I’d love to hear what you thought of it as well – this is definitely one that I want to (without spoilers) discuss!

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Wonder Woman Book Tag

Hello bookish people!

So this tag is based off of the new Wonder Woman movie (which I have yet to see) but I wanted to do it anyway.

 

If you want to answer some of these questions, feel free to comment them!

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Wonder Woman: Your favorite badass female book character

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My favorite? I don’t think I can choose one. But Laura is one of my recent favorites.

She’s just so awesome – I’m not sure how I feel about ‘Persephone’ in book four, but in the first two she was my favorite!

 

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Plus, I totally relate to her hair.

 

 


Fantasy Island: A book setting you want to escape to

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)I would love to live in one of the Courts! I think I would probably be in the Summer or Day Court!

Prythian is my favorite thing about this trilogy!

Which Court is your favorite?

 


London: A hyped book that let you down

Stolen: A Letter to My CaptorI’d heard a lot about this book, and I was expecting to like it.

Honestly, it was like and essay that really, really wanted to be a novel. It would have been a great psychology paper, but as a novel? The characters were unbearable and the writing was average.

 


Steve Trevor: A book that has a beautiful cover and a great story (I.E. great personality)

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)Maybe this is just me, but I love ALL the covers in this series! (I have a thing for ravens and crows 😍)

Plus this story is just so full of magic and it’s written in a very lyrical way. I loved everything about this book!

 


Lasso of Truth: A Book you hated

Haven (Winterhaven, #1)

I had just finished Twilight, and I’d heard that fans of Twilight would love this. And it had a lot of good ratings, so I’d thought I’d try it.

It was basically Twilight. The characters talked and acted the same, except that the main character was ridiculous and always jealous of someone. There were so many tropes I hated – I purely despise this book.


Wonder Woman’s Shield: A book so sad you need a shield

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)

 

 

Do I really need to explain myself? I assume that you’ve all read it by now.

 


No Man’s Land: A book you want to send through No Man’s Land (i.e. shoot it to death)

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)

 

 

I can’t even express to you, how much I hate this book.

 


Ares: A Villain that is scary, but you can’t seem to hate

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)

I’m going with Tamlin from ACOWAR.

I did hate him for a while, and I guess now he isn’t technically a villain, but I can’t seem to hate him like other people do.

 


Dr. Poison: A Villain that has no reason to exist

Any of the ones in Maximum Ride #4-#9 😑 (If you’re part of this fandom, please let me know).


The Amazons: A book that you wish had more/better LGBT+ representation

HeartlessI’m going to say Heartless by Marissa Meyer. I didn’t know this until a few months after I read it, but there was a gay character.

I didn’t pick up on it until it was pointed out to me. So a little bit more obvious hints would be appreciated. If you’re going to add it, make it obvious!


Justice League: What superhero book friends do you tag?

I’m definitely tagging Tyr Carter, because she loves Wonder Woman.

I don’t know who else likes DC\Superheroes, so I’ll tag a few friends and if you don’t want to do this tag, that’s fine 🙂

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The Sandcastle Empire | Review

The Sandcastle EmpireTitle: The Sandcastle Empire

Author: Kayla Olson

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Dystopian

Format: Hardcover (Owlcrate exclusive cover) received via Owlcrate


Synopsis

Before the war, Eden’s life was easy. Then the revolution happened, and everything changed.

Now a powerful group called the Wolfpack controls the earth and its resources. But Eden refuses to die by their hands. She knows the coordinates to the only neutral ground left in the world, a place called Sanctuary Island.

Eden finally reaches the island and meets others resistant to the Wolves. But the solace is short-lived when one of Eden’s new friends goes missing. They quickly discover the Sanctuary is filled with lethal traps and an enemy they never expected.


★ ★ ★ .75

To be honest, from the synopsis this didn’t seem any different from other dystopian novels. It did have a little bit of a different tone, so if that was what was holding you back, I do suggest you read it.

 

I liked the characters, though a lot of the chapters were solely Eden (our protagonist) thinking. Personally, I usually need some dialogue to find a book interesting. So those did throw me off.

As far as other characters go, I did like the cast of side characters. Lonan especially!

 

The writing style was easy enough to read, but the descriptions got so confusing that I almost never had a clear image of what was going on. This book is going to be a movie, and I think it’ll be a lot better to see it than picture it in my head.

 

The plot was fast-paced, and that never disappointed me.

 

This book is going to be turned into a movie by Leonardo DiCaprio. There isn’t a lot of information on it right now, but learn more about that here.

 

 

Overall Thoughts

A pretty good debut novel. I do planning on continuing with the series.


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Fairyloot Unboxing | July ’17

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July Theme: Tricksters

This box is themed around all things evil and mischievous!

For those of you who don’t know, Fairyloot is a YA subscription box themed entirely around fantasy! It ships from the UK, which ends up being expensive for those of us in the US (…which is why this is my first Fairyloot box).

 

If you want to view some of their other boxes, just go here: Past Boxes


Website: www.fairyloot.com

Subscribe HERE

Single Purchase HERE


Spoilers!


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This is the card with spoilers (which I save until last), and the matching bookmark.

I love this artwork! Fairyloot always has really cool art. I want to say this is Inej, but it might just be some random person.


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The first thing out of this box was my favorite! This is a Sherlock-themed mug!

It says “I have to go to my Mind Palace”

Made by Fictiontea Designs


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This is body lotion themed after Loki (vegan and, ironically, cruelty free).

I don’t think I’ve ever gotten body lotion in a book box before – it was a pleasantly weird surprise!

Made by Geeky Clean


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This is the coolest thing ever – it’s Hogwarts playing cards! This is an officially licensed item, which means it’s not fan-made.

I’m a Gryffindor, personally.


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Again, I don’t think I’ve ever gotten an oven mit in a book box.

It’s themed around the book of the month (which I’ll get to).


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This is probably my favorite art print I’ve ever gotten – It’s a quote from Harley Quinn.

It says “It doesn’t matter who broke you down. What matters is who made you smile again.”

Made by Miss Phi


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This is amazing – it’s a Six of Crows bookmark! I love the feather on the back!

Made by Lexy Olivia


Daughter of the Burning City

Amanda Foody

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Goodreads Page

Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth.

I saw this book awhile ago, and I was really intrigued by it! I’m excited to start it and see what I think!


 

 

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Finding Audrey | Review

Title: Finding Audrey

Author: Sophie Kinsella

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Genre: Contemporary

FormatHardcover


Synopsis

An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before.

As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.


★ ★ ★ ★ .5

This was such a funny book! I don’t know what I expected of it, but I wasn’t positive I’d like it.

 

I knew from the first page it was my type of book – it starts with Audrey’s mum threatening to throw her brothers computer out of the window. I’m 100% serious here!

 

The writing style was easy to read and worked perfectly with Audrey’s anxiety.

 

I really liked the family dynamics in this story. It was so natural and showcased everyone’s personalities without having to switch to their point of view. Everyone was perfectly insane.

 

There is a little bit of a focus on anxiety – I felt like it was a pretty good description of an anxiety disorder, even though my personal anxiety can’t relate to it. Probably because my anxiety isn’t anywhere need a disorder.

 
Some people might find the romance to be a bit insta-lovey, but I personally liked it. It felt natural and was a good subplot.

 

 

Overall Thoughts

A relatable and funny contemporary! Totally worth reading!


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Owlcrate Unboxing | July ’17

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July Theme: Wanderlust

This box is themed around travel! Including items from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and A Darker Shade of Magic this box is perfect for all the wanderers out there!

If you like the sound of this box and don’t want to be spoiled, they still have some boxes left!

Just go here: Past Boxes


Website: www.owlcrate.com

Gift this box HERE

Subscribe HERE

10% off: DFT10 (DarkFaerieTales_)


SPOILERS!


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The card is always the first thing out of the box – as well as the collectible pin (far right).

I don’t usually look at this until the end, since it lists all the items on the back.


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This Lord of the Rings-inspired backpack is the best! It was created exclusively by Owlcrate – you can’t find it anywhere else!

Quote: “Home is behind the world again, and there are many paths to tread through the shadows to the edge of night. Until the stars are all alight.”


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This is an adorable luggage tag! I’ve already attached it to my favorite bag! Does anyone else love felt animals?

Made by Mudpuppy


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This Funko key chain is styled after Newt from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them! It’s just adorable!

(I don’t have a key chain though…😝)


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This pocket mirror is designed off of A Darker Shade of Magic.

It says ‘As Travars‘ which means ‘To Travel‘.

Made by the very talented Miss Phi


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I love notebooks! There there eight different designs sent out – all themed around travel! Which one did you get?

Made by Ooly


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This art print features the quote from Francois Rabelais.

It says ‘I Go To Seek A Great Perhaps‘. (Fun fact: this is the quote that inspired Looking for Alaska by John Green!)

Made by Shailey Ann Designs


The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

Mackenzi Lee

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Goodreads Page

A young bisexual British lord embarks on an unforgettable Grand Tour of Europe with his best friend/secret crush.

Henry “Monty” Montague doesn’t care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

So Monty vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

I’m not sure what I think about this book, but I’m excited to read it. It seems like it’ll be funny, and my favorite kinds of books are ones that make me laugh!

If you like Edgar Allan Poe, This Savage Song, Harry Potter, Sleepy Hollow or Six of Crows then you’ll love the August box! The Owlcrate links are at the top of the page if you’re interested!

(P.S. This book will also have an exclusive cover!)


 

Which item was your favorite?

Novelly Yours | Bookish product of the Week

Novelly Yours Candles

Novelly Yours is a company that specializes in soy candle based on books and fandoms.

Brittany is the face behind this company. She’s an avid reader (really, the best quality to have) and runs a blog called The Book Addict’s Guide. Each candle is handmade in the suburbs of Chicago (my favorite place!) completely by Brittany.

So you can be sure when you get a candle that it was made with intention and care!

 

12 oz jar – $18.00

Novelly Yours candles are primarily based on YA books, though you will find a few based on shows, Disney princesses, and a certain musical (Hamilton!)

These candles come in 2oz, 4oz and 8oz tins, and a 12oz jar (left). Prices vary depending on size.

Though I will say that out of the candle companies that I’ve seen, this one is on the cheaper end, yet still has great quality.

 

Personally, I like her Generally Bookish candles:

-Cliffhanger

-World-Building

-#currentlyreading

-Plot Twist

-Book Boyfriend

-Shipping It

-Villainous

 


Brittany also does a 12 oz and 8oz candle of the month.

 

Every month she has limited edition candles for the month – I always love them! July’s exclusives are Raise a Glass to Freedom and The Iron Throne.

These are only around for so long! So be sure to grab one!


 

4 2oz candles [box] – $13.50

Another exclusive: every month Brittany sends out a set of four 2oz themed candles.

July’s box is All the Feels. It includes: OMG, IDK, LOL and WTF.

Last month was themed around This Savage Song by V.E. Shwab.

 


 

Any of this sound interesting to you? Connect with Novelly Yours below!

 

www.novellyyourscandles.com

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Books that aren’t set in America | T5W #1

Hello everyone!

 

I can’t believe I haven’t yet done a Top 5 Wednesday post! So I decided today was a good day to start.

 

The theme for this week is ‘books that aren’t set in the western world’. America, basically. And this includes books that are inspired by the western world.

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly group hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes.

 

Let’s get started!


#5

Heartless

Heartless is the first book I thought of. It’s an Alice in Wonderland retelling focused on the Queen of Hearts…before she was the Queen of Hearts.

I really like Marissa Meyer as an author, and this book did not disappoint! It’s perfectly Wonderland, and even people who haven’t read the original will enjoy it.

 

#4

RoseBlood

RoseBlood is a Phantom of the Oprah retelling set in France.

I really enjoyed this book, though I did have problems with the main character. Overall, this was a really great book, and I’m tempted to pick up more by A.G. Howard.

 

#3

Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King, #1)

This is set mostly on the sea, and I always imagined it in a Caribbean-type setting.

It’s a perfect Pirates of the Caribbean-type book, and is full of adventure!

 

#2

The Lie Tree

This is a middle-grade fantasy book set in Victorian Britain. It’s about a tree that will tell you a truth if you tell it a lie that is wide-believed.

I don’t typically like middle-grade, but this book was just so magical! It was also scientific, but not in a confusing way. Very enjoyable!

 

#1

The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1: The Faust Act

This is one of my favorite graphic novels! I thought it was set in America, but as it turns out it was set in London.

It’s about a twelve gods who appear every ninety years, and then die in two years. It takes mythology from all over the world, which is something that I love!

Definitely a must-read!


 

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Out of Print | Bookish product of the Week

It’s Friday! Time for the Bookish Product of the Week!

This week is not a product, but a company…that does really cool book products (see how I’m tying this together?)

 

Without further ado…


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www.outofprintclothing.com

 

Out of Print is a company that does a wide variety of book-themed items. Shirts\sweatshirts, scarves, leggings, jewelry, bags, mugs and more. All of these items are unisex and for both kids and adults.

I’ve received a few of their items and I’ve really enjoyed them! They’re made well and hold together. Plus they’re always having sales, so you can almost always get a discounted price.

“Each purchase helps to fund literacy programs and book donations to communities in need. It also supports the authors, publishers and artists who made these iconic works an integral part of our lives.”

 

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I love their mugs! I own the Banned Books mug (top left) and it’s by far one of my favorites. It’s heat-reactive, so when it’s filled with coffee, the censor bars disappear.

The mugs are tall, but not huge, and comfortable to hold.

 

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I’ve never received their socks, but I do have friends who have, and they love them! Very warm, and they last a long time.

 

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Their necklaces are simple, but based on some classics like Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (top left), Scout and Boo (top right) Alice in Wonderland (bottom left) and Slaughter House 5 (bottom right).

 

 

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ACOWAR | Review

Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOTAR #3)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Genre: Fantasy

Format: Hardcover (Books-A-Million special edition)


Synopsis

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.


★ ★ ★ ★ .75

This book was every I wanted it to be! Main flaw: it has bible pages! They’re so thin! I was actually looking forward to having a huge book on my shelf, but now it’s as thin as ACOTAR.

The first thing I need to discuss: My favorite thing about this book is the Courts. I love the different Courts and the High Lords! I don’t think I’ve ever been more in love with a world.

That’s one aspect of this book that really added to the everything else, and I was actually upset that I had to leave this world!

Excellent character progression! I loved Nesta’s and Elain’s development! And Morrigan! I love her so much!

I liked how the different relationships played a part, but wasn’t forefront. It gave way to other things. I’m excited how those will go in the next three books.

The plot was never boring, and was perfectly paced. Just enough loose ends to lead up to the next book!

I did want to take a moment and discuss the ‘homophobic’ excerpt that some people were complaining about.

At first glance, I can see how this would be seen as offensive.

But if you read the whole chapter, it takes on a new meaning.

Feyre is talking about twins (a boy and a girl) who are complete monsters. They also work for Hybern. There is nothing redeeming about them, and again, they are siblings. So if you read that again in this context, it’s completely different.

Honestly, I didn’t look up the chapter excerpt until after I finished the book. I wanted to see if I’d notice it. And I didn’t.

I’m so over people hating on S.J. Maas. If you don’t like her writing, then don’t read it. Don’t go spreading unnecessary hate, or bashing the author. Or, as above, jumping to conclusions.

Overall Thoughts

This is an amazing end to the ACOTAR trilogy, and I cannot wait to get back into the world with the next book!


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