Unboxing: Spearcraft Book Box – January 2019 – Cursed Kingdoms

Hello everyone! Today, I wanted to share my unboxing of the January Spearcraft Book Box! The theme was Cursed Kingdoms.

This was actually my first Spearcraft Book Box ever, and I was blown away by the items in it! I was chosen to be an Instagram rep for this company, so the box was sent to me for free. All opinions are my own though! Without further ado, let’s just get right into the unboxing, because there were so many exciting items in this box!


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Tote Bag: This was the first thing I pulled out of the box, and it’s quite striking! I haven’t watched Once Upon a Time, but it’s still a very pretty tote bag with a nice quote.

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Enchanted Apple Necklace: I love getting bookish jewelry in boxes! This apple necklace is so pretty and I can totally see myself wearing this out, probably with a plain shirt.

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Sleep Mask: I’m not sure how I feel about this item! It’s definitely cute and feels well made, but I don’t think I’ll use it much. It looks a bit juvenile in my opinion, and also I have a room to myself at college, so I don’t need to block out any light. It’s still a nice item and fits the theme since it’s Sleeping Beauty inspired, but it’s just not for me.

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Candle: This is possibly my favorite item in the box! I love basically any candle, but this one is particularly unique! Dio Candle Company made this 1 oz candle that’s so tiny and adorable! For it to be so small, it’s still quite fragrant, smelling like rose and vanilla. It’s grey with pink glitter, and is called Enchanted Rose!

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Pop Socket: If you’ve never used a pop socket before, you’re totally missing out! They’re little things you put on the back of your phone, and it can act as a stand, a grip, and if used with the car mount, a mounting device! I have one on my phone now, but it is getting a bit worn, so I might switch to this one soon. It’s very pretty!

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Bookmarks: Who doesn’t need more bookmarks! These two bookmarks feature Belle and the Beast from Beauty and the Beast. They’re double sided and feature the two characters in different forms or clothing, also with different quotes. They’re both very cute and I definitely plan on using them.

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Magnet: This magnet is actually quite pretty! I haven’t read Strange the Dreamer yet, but I love the UK cover, which this magnet is based on. The quote is beautiful as well. This will definitely go on my fridge!

 

 

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Postcard and Spoiler Card:

The spoiler card art is soooo  beautiful! I love the look of stained glass, so this is perfect, and will go up on my wall. In addition to the spoiler card is a signed promotional postcard for the book Blackwoods The Beginning. I’ve never heard of it, but the art on the postcard is beautiful!

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Books: This month, two books were included! The bonus book was Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, which has a beautiful cover and an intriguing premise. I can’t wait to dive into this one, but first, I want to read the main book of the month, A Curse So Dark and Loney by Brigid Kemmerer. This book, which is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, has been on my TBR list for AGES and I can’t wait to read it! Both books have gorgeous covers and I’m so excited to own them both.


Wasn’t this box spectacular? I can’t wait to get the February Box later this month! The theme is To the Sky, and you can definitely expect to see an unboxing of it here! If you want to get your hands on your own box, feel free to use my code STARLIGHT10 to save a bit of money on your order!

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Top 5 Wednesday: Nostalgic Ships

Hello again everyone! I’m here with another Top 5 Wednesday Post! Today’s theme is Nostalgic Ships. While I wasn’t really into shipping people together when I was younger, I still had my OTPs! Here are my top 5 nostalgic ships.


1. Across the Universe – Beth Revis

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Here it is, baby’s first ship! While Across the Universe didn’t really have a love triangle, I definitely shipped Amy and Elder together throughout the entire series. Such an adorable couple.

2. Twilight – Stephanie Meyer

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I confess: I was part of Team Edward. As a young teen, I was definitely more into vampires than werewolves, and I still am. It’s only natural that I fell for our favorite vegetarian vampire and shipped him with Bella!

3. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

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I was team Peeta all the way. I honestly could never see Gale as a love interest for Katniss. Perhaps it’s because we didn’t get too much of Gale in the first book, or maybe it’s because even though their relationship began in the most awful and forced of ways, I could see how gentle Peeta and fiery Katniss could balance one another out. It just seemed right to me.

4. Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling

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Here’s the ship that never sailed. I was one of those people that wanted to see Harry and Hermione end up together. I didn’t really care about Ginny at all and didn’t really see their relationship coming. I mean, it works out, I suppose, but I wasn’t thrilled.

5. Wicked Lovely – Melissa Marr

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Wicked Lovely was one of the first faerie books I ever read, and it was also one of the first books where I was torn as to who I wanted to end up with Aislinn. I eventually settled for edgy boy Seth. To be honest, I think I was too young to really form a good opinion on our love triangle the first time I read it, so I think I’ll need to read it again, especially now that I own the full series!


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January in Review

Hello everyone, and happy February! January was definitely a busy month. After a nice, relaxing vacation I settled back into the familiar grind of school and work. Finding a nice balance for social time, studying, and reading has been tricky, but things are finally settling down and I’ve found myself with a lot more time to read.

January saw the release of some books I’ve been quite excited for, such as The Wicked King and A Curse So Dark and Lonely. (I’ll be getting those books very soon!) January also saw my lovely home state of Illinois dip down into record breaking temperatures that resulted in class cancellations, A.K.A. more reading time!

I’m really quite proud of both my blog and Bookstagram this month. On Bookstagram, I settled into a theme I really like, and it’s only been getting better. On my blog, I’ve posted more consistently than ever. I’ve been feeling quite motivated as of late! Anyway, let’s get into my monthly review:


What I Read:

1. Five Feet Apart – Rachael Lippincott

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2. The Lost Sisters – Holly Black

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3. A Story About Cancer (With A Happy Ending) – India Desjardins

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4. Illuminae – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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4. Seven Places Without You – Juan Berrio

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Subscription Boxes I Tried:

1. Ignite English Box

*The Faecrate Wicked King Box and Spearcraft January Box both got delayed! Luckily, they both should be in very soon, maybe next week! I’ll include them in my February post.)


Bookish Items I Ordered:

1. My preorder pin for The Wicked King came in way sooner than I expected it to! It’s quite pretty, and I can’t wait to see what they do for Queen of Nothing.

2. After seeing a bunch of unboxings of the Owlcrate Wicked King Box, I couldn’t resist buying the gorgeous rose gold pin from a Buy/Sell/Trade group on Facebook. It’s so detailed!

3. While it’s technically not an order, I got to choose some things for my second Wonderdame Bookmarks Rep Package! I’m really excited to get this and share it with you all very soon, because her bookmarks and candles are only getting better and better!

4. This is a spoiler for those who haven’t gotten their January Beacon Book Box yet, but last night I couldn’t resist buying the beautiful tapestry that was included in the box. I don’t have pictures of it to post yet, but trust me, it’s great!


That’s about it for January! I’m pretty pleased with how my year started out, and I can’t wait to see what what February brings!

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Unboxing: Ignite English Box – January 2019 – American Dreams

Hello everyone! Today, I wanted to jump on here with an unboxing of Ignite English’s January box! I recently became a box rep for this brand, and I was really excited to get it! The

The English Box is a bi-monthly subscription box focuses on literacy and English skills. Each box comes with fun bookish goodies, a book, and a reading guide created by actual English teachers. Everyone from teachers, students, literature enthusiasts, and book lovers alike can enjoy this unique box!

This month’s theme was “American Dreams.” Let’s get into the unboxing!


20190129_003510_HDR.jpgBath Salts: These bath salts are from Soak and Unwind! It’s called “Dreaming of a Farm” and is a really pretty blue color! I don’t have access to a bathtub while on campus, but in the meantime, they smell really nice! I wish I were better at identifying scents, but I guess that these smell a bit like like citrus? I’m not sure, but just know that they smell great!!!

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Hand Sanitizer: I was initially quite apprehensive about this hand sanitizer, which is also from Soak and Unwind. Most scented hand sanitizer gives me  headache, but this one is really subtle and doesn’t bother me at all! Again, I’m not sure how to describe the scent, but it’s pleasant and not overwhelming.

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Mouse Book Clip: Okay, this is my favorite item from this box! I simply cannot get over how adorable this little mouse clip is. It’s a little felt mouse on top of a paperclip, so it can peek out from the top of your book! It’s so cute and I wish I had more bookmarks like this, because this is precious!!!

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Buttons: The last item before we get to the book is this button set. They’re themed around Of Mice and Men, with one button having the initials of the book, and the other saying “Tell me about the rabbits George” This leads perfectly into the book of the month!

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Book:The book this month is Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. I’ve never actually read Of Mice and Men, so I’m excited to get this! I normally don’t reach for classic books unless I’m reading them for class or if I already have them on my shelf, so here’s my motivation! I also love that there’s an activity guide and chapter cheat sheet for this book (see them below) so that I can really get into the book, as though I were in class!

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Activity Guide and Chapter Cheat Sheet: One thing that’s unique to the Ignite English Box is the activity guide. I don’t want to show the inside of it, but it contains discussion questions, themes, character charts, and more, to help with your comprehension of the book. It’s really helpful, and I think anyone could enjoy this. There’s also a chapter cheat sheet, which can help you if you get stuck while reading!

20190129_003322_HDR.jpg Art Print/Spoiler Card: Lastly, here’s the art print, with the spoiler card on the back. The art print works quite well for the book, and I’ll be adding this to my collection of art prints (someday, which I have enough space, they’ll all be hanging on my wall!) I’ve also included the spoiler card.

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In conclusion, I’m really pleased with how this box turned out! I love that everything was cohesively themed around the book itself, rather than various fandoms. I can’t wait to see what their March theme will be, since they really knocked it out of the park with this one. If you’re interested in getting your own box (either this one or their previous Banned Book Box) check out their shop! You can get boxes and other fun items there. Also, be sure to use my code STARLIGHT10 to save on your order.


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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Book Covers of 2018

Hello everyone! I’m back with another Top 5 Wednesday post. I’m starting to like these a lot more than Top Ten Tuesday, so expect to see more in the coming months! This week’s prompt is a freebie, so I decided to show off my favorite book covers of 2018! There were definitely some beautiful ones last year, and I can’t wait to see what covers I’ll fall in love with this year!


1. Give the Dark my Love -Beth Revis

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I just love the way that this cover looks! It really captures the vibe of the book itself, dark and mysterious and slightly sinister. I can barely put into words why I like this, but just know that this book and it’s covers are my favorite of 2018! You can read my review here!

2. Girls of Paper and Fire – Natasha Ngan

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So, the original cover of Girls of Paper and Fire is gorgeous, but can we talk about the Fairyloot exclusive edition? The rainbow color really makes it pop, plus it came with pink sprayed edges, which are so bright and beautiful!

3. Five Feet Apart – Rachael Lippincott

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I. Love. This. I love this book, I love this cover, I love everything about it. I love the color blue, and I love stars and flowers, so how could I not love this? At first, I actually didn’t realize that the flowers and branches were forming the shapes of lungs, which is soooo cool. I love that the cover is actually comes up in the book itself!

4. Kingdom of Ash – Sarah J. Maas

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Alright, so I haven’t gotten this far into the TOG series (I’ve only read the first two books) but I can’t deny that the cover for Kingdom of Ash looks beautiful. I love the bright gold in contrast with the rest of the books in the series. Someday, I hope to read through the full series and have this on my shelf.

5. Evermore – Sara Holland

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I haven’t read Everless yet, but the cover of Evermore is striking. I saw it in Target the other night and I was honestly so taken by how good this cover looks. The designs colors make it look so elegant and regal and almost like it’s on fire. I thought that the cover to Everless was pretty, but this knocks it out of the park!


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Review: Seven Places Without You by Juan Berrio

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Date Started: 1/28/19

Date Finished: 1/28/19

Publication Date: 1/23/19

Genre: Graphic Novel

Rating: 2/5

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Thoughts:

Seven Places Without You promises to be a graphic novel that explores a couple going through a rough period in their relationship. Instead, this story is more about Elena, so much to the point that we only see Jorge at the very end.

I didn’t find the story to be interesting or memorable at all. It was a bit awkward at times, and I couldn’t really understand most of the characters. I was really hoping to see Jorge and Elena talk earlier in the book and work through their problems, but he didn’t show up until the very end, which didn’t allow for closure. I was pretty bored and disinterested throughout the whole thing, and I didn’t feel like it flowed well. It was lacking in the emotional depth that I expected from a book like this. I’ve read shorter graphic novels, such as A Story About Cancer (With a Happy Ending) that had more of an emotional impact. There were often parts that I wanted to see expanded, like Elena’s friend who had a crush on her, but after that scene we never really see him again. I just wish that there was more.

Despite the plot and characters, I did like the art style. It was very simplistic and plain, with distinct splotches of color for each chapter. The art style and the colors were mainly what kept me going through the pages. The art was probably the best part of this experience.

All in all, this graphic novel wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t memorable at all and was lacking in plot, depth, emotion, and character development. I would not recommend this book.


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Currently Reading: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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Synopsis: Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Date Started: 1/23/19

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publication Date: 6/5/12

Thoughts so far: I’m only three chapters in so far, but I’m already liking this book way more than Six of Crows, which had me bored and uninterested by the end of the first chapter! (Please don’t hate me! It just wasn’t my type of book!) Obviously, I can’t judge a book based on the first few chapters, especially since we haven’t even gotten to the fun Grisha magic yet, but I’m really excited to finally dive into this series. You can definitely expect a full review when I’m done reading it! I just can’t believe I’ve had this book on my shelf for ages and haven’t read it yet!


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