FairyLoot Unboxing · Unboxings

FairlyLoot Unboxing – May 2017

I’m so happy! My first FairyLoot finally arrived and I was super excited to dive in! I am beyond thrilled that I was able to get my hands on this box.

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May’s theme was “Warriors and Legends”

⚔️🏺 Spoilers for the May 2017 FairyLoot!🏺⚔️


The contents of the box were:

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🏺Tea from The Tea Leaf Company called Warriors and Legends. The green tea has hints of lychee and jasmine and is supposed to help with relaxation. I’m not usually a fan of green tea, but I can’t wait to try this one!

⚔️An exclusive candle from In the Wick of Time. This candle was named by Renee Ahdieh and there were two different scents sent out. I got flame 🔥 which smells like orange blossom and mint. It’s a unique scent, but I really like it!

🏺The book World Mythology in Bite-sized Chunks by Mark Daniels. I’m a HUGE fan of different mythologies and am thrilled to have another mythology book in my collection.

⚔️A chapter sampler of Naondel by Maria Turtschaninoff. I have actually not heard of this book and am super excited to check it out.

🏺Celtic socks made exclusively by FairyLoot.

⚔️An exclusive bookmark from Ink and Wonder Designs that’s Lord of the Rings themed and says “One ring to rule them all.”

🏺A metallic feather pen from Flora’s Wonder Emporium.

⚔️The FairyLoot Fairyscoop for May 2017, which include an interview with the author of the book.

🏺Last but not least was the book for May, Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh. Many people, including myself, have had this book super high on their anticipated release list for this year. I’m so so excited to read this book! I hope it lives up to the hype!

⚔️FairyLoot also includes a unique hashtag to connect with reading buddies. Mine is #fairyloot05498


Book Prediction!

FairyLoot June ThemeOne thing I love to do is to try to guess the book for the following month.

June’s theme is ELEMENTALISTS!

I think the book will be: Roar by Cora Carmack.

What do you think the book is going to be? Let me know down in the comments!


Fairy Loot

What did you think of the contents of this month’s box?

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OwlCrate Unboxing · Unboxings

OwlCrate Unboxing – May 2017

I’m so happy! My OwlCrate finally arrived and I was super excited to dive in! I’m a HUGE lover of Marvel movies and was super excited that OwlCrate was doing a comic themed box.

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May’s theme was “Comic Explosion.”

💥💥 Spoilers for the May 2017 OwlCrate!💥💥


The contents of the box were:

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💥Every box came with a full size Funko Pop. There were 7 characters that people could get. I got Captain America!

💥An exclusive Candle from Dio Candle Company called “Wonder Women”. This candle smells so good! It’s a tropical scent – perfect for summer!

💥A comic attack pen with 6 different colors of ink from Ooly.

💥A comic panel decorated zipper pull.

💥Coffee candies from Käfē Zing! (which will be perfect for finals week). I’m super excited to try these.

💥A chapter sampler of Afar, a graphic novel described as The Nameless City meets Star Wars courtesy of Image Comics.

💥Last but not least, the book was Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. This book comes with an exclusive cover only available in the OwlCrate box, a letter from the author, and a signed bookplate.


Book Prediction!

One thing I love to do is to try to guess the book for the following month.18556728_1893842317560207_7766759703253980434_o

June’s theme is Make it Out Alive!

I don’t have a solid guess for June, although I’m leading towards Want by Cindy Pon.

What do you think the book is going to be? Let me know in the comments!


OwlCrate

What did you think of the contents of this month’s box?

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Book to Screen · Discussions

Book to Screen – Everything Everything

 

Hey Everyone!

Super sorry about the lack of posts recently. It’s officially finals week and I’m slowly drowning in papers.

As a bit of self-care, Audris from YABookmark and I went to go see Everything Everything this past weekend. Oh my gosh, this movie was SO CUTE. We’re still gushing about it.

Everything EverythingI read this book a couple of weeks ago and thought it was a cute contemporary. I gave it a 4.5 on Goodreads. I thought the story was super cute. For those of you not familiar with the plot, this is the story of Maddy, a teenage girl with SCIDs. Basically, she’s allergic to the world (like the boy in the bubble) and is confined to her house. When a new family moves in, Maddy and her neighbor Olly strike up a friendship. As their friendship grows Maddy begins to long for more (Anyone humming The Little Mermaid now? Sorry about that…).  Without going into spoilers, the two do start up a relationship (it’s a YA contemporary, so of course they do) which results in many changes in both of their lives.

When hearing the plot, the story sounds kind of cliché. Nicola Yoon does a great job using what could be a similar story formula but keeping it unique enough to not feel like you’ve read this story before. Personally, I did see the ending coming, although it did not ruin the book for me.Like I said above, this movie was so freaking cute!

IMG_2278Like I said above, this movie was so freaking cute! It’s exactly what I thought I was going to get from an adaptation. I absolutely loved the animation in the beginning of the movie. It was the perfect way to introduce Maddy’s imagination and get some exposition out-of-the-way.

For the most part, this movie follows the book exactly. There were a couple changes, but overall this movie was a perfect visual recreation of the book. One thing that I really like that the movie did is that they made the scenes where Olly and Maddy were IMing into a face to face conversation. So many movies and television shows have had text message, IM, or email conversations show up as text on the screen. In the movie, the two have conversations in Maddy’s architecture projects. I loved that they did this because the audience can see the friendship between Olly and Maddy begin to form into romance, along with the emotion embedded in the messages. This was such a unique way for the characters to spend more time together on-screen.

They did add a couple of scenes where Maddy spends some time with Rosa. I did like that the movie actually used this character. In the book she’s mentioned a few times, but she never actually makes an appearance. In the movie, the took out the scene where Maddy visits Carla before she and Olly leave. I had mixed feelings about this. In the book, the scene adds an extra layer to the relationship Carla and Maddy have. Carla is both a friend to Maddy as well as a second maternal figure. That being said, the way the movie was composed, I think taking out the scene was the right choice. The flow of the movie was fantastic, it didn’t feel rushed, and I think keeping the scene would have messed with the flow.

Lastly, I thought the emotion the characters gave was phenomenal. For several scenes, mainly the “big reveal” the actors needed to find balance between what the characters were feeling and not coming off as phony or melodramatic. The same goes for the scenes with Olly and Maddy; they needed to come off authentic instead of “after school special.” Personally, I think the cast did this story justice, pulling off the right balance of humor and drama.

For fans of the book, I HIGHLY recommend this movie.

This adaption is an easy 5 out of 5 stars.  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Preference:

This one is close. There were many things I liked about both, but I think the movie has an edge up. Adding the changes to include more development between Ollie and Maddy was a great choice, resulting in me to have way more feels.

Book Tags

The Book Blog Newbie Tag – #BookTag!

Today the blog is one month old!

I can’t believe that a month has flown by. You guys in the bookish and blogging community have all been wonderful with showing your support. I can’t wait to see what this will grow into!

When looking through other posts, I found this tag on The Book Mermaids blog (be sure to check her out when you’re done).

Without further ado, here is The Book Blog New Tag:

1 – Why did you start this blog?

I have been thinking about starting a blog for a while, but finally decided to take the plunge and do it. I’ve recently got back into reading and love sharing my thoughts and discussing books with others. My friend Audris (check out her blog here!) has been blogging for a while now and gave me some great tips and tricks for getting started.

2 –  What are some fun and unique things you can bring to book blogging?

I think I can bring some unique perspectives to the books I read. Also, I have fairly eclectic tastes, which will allow the content to be fairly diverse.

3 – What are you most excited for about this new blog?

I’m excited to see what this blog can become. In this first month, we’ve already gotten over 20 followers and almost 400 followers on Instagram. I can’t wait to see what these numbers would look after a few more months or even a year.

I’m also super excited to get back into reading. It’s been almost 6 years since I was able to actively read and I can’t wait to get caught up and interact with the community.

4 – Why do you love reading?

I love going on the adventures with the characters. As cliché as it sounds, it’s probably why I love fantasy so much.

5 – What book or series got you into reading? 

I started reading when I was little. But I’d have to say the Harry Potter series and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (and Through the Looking Glass) were some of the most influential works in my life. I also loved the Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborn. That was the first series I actively read and waiting for new books to be released.

6 – What questions would you ask your favorite authors?

How did you create the world and the characters? How did the adventure come to you? When you were little, did you ever see yourself writing a/this successful book?

I have so many favorite authors, these questions could apply to all of them.

7 – What challenges do you think starting a blog will be the hardest to overcome?

  1. Staying caught up with reading during the school year. Blogs will only be successful if I keep it active and I can’t keep it active if I don’t read.
  2. Maintaining an audience that reads my blog. Don’t get me wrong, I started this blog because I love books and I want to share my love of books with others. That being said, it would be cool to actually reach others and share my thoughts with them.

8 – When did you start reading?

I don’t know the exact age, but Kindergarten or 1st grade. My mom always encouraged reading. Sadly, life got in the way and I wasn’t able to read between 10th grade and senior year of undergrad, but I’m thrilled I can start reading again now.

9 – Where do you read?

My bed, my couch, and the subway are my preferred reading spots.

10 – What kind of books do you like to read?

YA is my favorite genre! YA fantasy, contemporary, sci-fi, and dystopian are my go-tos. Occasionally, I’ll read historical fiction, adult fiction/fantasy, sci-fi, and true crime.

I am looking to expand my reading taste a bit.

Monthly TBRs

May 2017 TBR

Happy May, everyone! I hope you all had a great April. Like I said in my last post, I had a super busy April and it looks like I’m going to have a super busy May. My first year of grad school is wrapping up this month.

That being said, here are the four books I’m hoping to read this month:

Revenants

 

Revenants: The Odyssey Home by Scott Kauffman

I want to start off by giving a HUGE thank you to Scott, who reached out me and sent me a copy of this book. I usually don’t read that much historical fiction, but I am a HUGE fan of Homer’s the Odyssey and am thrilled to check out this retelling.

 

 

Wink Poppy Midnight

 

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

I saw this book’s cover on Facebook and thought the cover looked super pretty. When I was at The Strand last month, I picked it up. I really don’t know what this one is about, but I’m excited to check it out!

 

 

Ready Player One

 

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

I’ve heard a few BookTubers talk about this one and have heard some mixed reviews. Regardless, I’m super excited to check it out. I think the concept is pretty cool. From what I understand, it’s like Hunger Games in a video game setting.

 

 

 

HeartlessHeartless by Marissa Meyer

I’m so mad that this is on here. I LOVE Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and am a sucker for a good retelling (especially princess and Alice ones) and I will be checking this one out this month. This story is a prequel for the Queen of Hearts. That’s pretty much all I know about it. I tend to go into books pretty clueless to avoid too much hype.

 

 


What are your May TBRs? Let me know in the comments!

Monthly Wrap-Ups

Monthly Wrap-Up – April 2017

Happy May fellow book lovers! I can’t get over how quickly April flew by! I read (and listened) to four books this month. I’m pretty happy with that number. Even though I was on spring break, I had an alarming amount of homework, mostly papers. I was able to get some reading done on the subway (pros of living in Manhattan) and listened to a couple audiobooks. If you guys haven’t tried out Audible** yet, seriously do it! You get a 30-day free trial with one book, no charge if you cancel afterwards ($14.95/month if you don’t).

Books I finished:

TruthwitchTruthwitch by Susan Dennard

I actually read a book off my TBR!

I really enjoyed this story. The first hundred or so pages were a bit clunky due to the “info dumping,” however the story picked up and had me hooked.

I ended up giving this one 4 out of 5 stars. Although I’m going to reread it this summer. I wasn’t able to get fully invested in the world, due to reading it while extremely busy with homework and while on the subway. This fantasy world was interesting, but slightly complex at times (especially with the politics) and I was not in the right mindset for that. I definitely want to give it another shot before reading Windwitch.

Plot Summary (Spoiler-free)

This high fantasy world is ran by three empires, nearing the end of a previous truce. In this world, the magic system is known as “witchery,” a magic skill that sets an individual apart form the others. There are numerous forms of witchery, however some are more common than others (as our main character knows to well).

Safiya (Safi) is a Truthwitch. She can tell when others are lying, and her gift is incredibly rare. Rare enough, that she needs to keep her witchery a secret, knowing that many would kill for her powerful magic.

Safi’s thread sister (and best friend) is Iseult, a Thredwitch. Iseult can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her, but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness. She is fiercely loyal to Safi. Their friendship drives most of the plot (which I love!).

Safi and Iseult want to live in peace, however with the impending war between the empires, this is unlikely. The two later meet up with the cunning Prince Merik and attempt to escape the hinderance of a Bloodwitch.

Everything Everything by Nicola YoonEverything Everything

After reading Truthwitch, I figured I’d pick up a light, fluffy, YA contemporary book for a quick read. This is also the book in my giveaway and I figured I should read it. I’ve heard so much buzz about this one due to the upcoming movie.

I flew threw this book and ended up giving it 5 out of 5 stars.  I really liked the story, I thought it was super cute. I wasn’t blow away by the ending, but I didn’t hate it. I can’t believe this was a debut novel; the writing was done well and the story was gripping.

Plot Summary (Spoiler-free)

The story is about seventeen-year-old Maddy, who has been living with SCID her entire life. Due to this disease, she is essentially allergic to everything (well most things) and cannot leave her house for fear of triggering a reaction.

Maddy is content with her life and has strong relationships with her mom and home nurse, Carla. However, when a new family moves in next store, Maddy starts up a friendship with her neighbor, Olly. As the friendship grows, Maddy begins looking at the world in a new way.


The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Upside of UnrequitedThis may be my favorite read of April. I honestly could not put this book down and I think I finished it in two sittings. Along with being a fluffy YA contemporary story (which I was looking for), this book is stuffed with diversity. I really liked how the diversity was included, primarily that it wasn’t used as the only character development. I also loved that this story did NOT include a love triangle (it sounds like it does, but I promise it does not). I don’t hate love triangles, but I hate stories that use them to move the plot along. I gave this one 5 out of 5 starts.

Here is a small sample of the diversity:

  • The main character is Jewish, is overweight, and has two moms.
  • The twin of the main character is a lesbian.
  • The girlfriend of the main character is pansexual and is Korean-American.
  • One of the moms is a women of color.
  • One of the moms is bisexual.
  • One of the potential love interests is overweight.
  • Asexuality is mentioned as a think that may exists.

Plot Summary (Spoiler-free)

Molly is an expert in unrequited love. She has had twenty-seven crushes, but has never pursued any of them. After her sister, Cassie, starts dating her new girlfriend (Mina), the two try to set up Molly with Mina’s friend Will. Around this time, Molly starts working and her coworker, Reid, begins to catch her eye. The story focuses on Molly’s experience in exploring these two potential crushes and if she’s ready to pursue one.

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher (reread, audiobook)13 Reasons Why

I read this book a number of times in high school, and loved it. After the
release of the Netflix series, I wanted to
reread the book to compare the changes and figure out which one I liked more (Netfix won, by the way). After the controversy around the show developed, I considered comparing and contrasting them and sharing my thoughts in more detail. I probably will do this still, but I’m hesitant.

Plot Summary (Spoiler-free)

This story is about Clay Jensen, who receives a mysterious box of cassette tapes. He soon learns that the tapes were recorded by a former classmate and coworker, Hannah Baker, who recently committed suicide. The tapes turn out to be her recorded suicide note, detailing the thirteen reasons she felt she needed to end her life.

In short, I read this book for the first time when I was struggling with my own mental health. The book was helpful for me, as it demonstrated that little actions can add up in the end. I’ve never seen this story as Hannah blaming other for her death, rather explaining how various actions (both large and small) can snowball and how actions that may seem small to one person can be perceived differently by another (looking at you, Alex). I do agree that the book could have addressed mental health more in the story.

Without going too much into the show, I did like most of the changes. I loved that the show expanded beyond Clay’s point of view to see the effect of Hannah’s death on the various characters. Without going into spoilers, I liked the changes they made in Clay’s story. I thought the new ending was more realistic and was the right choice. I strongly dislike the changes they made with Hannah’s story, specifically changing her suicide method.

I do want to preface that this show can be triggering. If you’re worried about it, I honestly say proceed with caution, self-care if needed, and stop if you need to. The last episode in particular was a bit triggering for me. I don’t disclose my mental health history often, but I do have a long history of mental illness (first diagnosed around 8 or 9 years old) and I experienced massive negative affect after the show for a few days. I asked my boyfriend to keep an eye out for some certain behaviors and needed to self-care afterwards. As mental health differs from person to person, some people may be fine and others may have a worse reaction than I did. Just keep checking in with yourself and don’t be afraid to contact someone if you need help. Netflix did a great job adding trigger warnings before two episodes, one depicted sexual assault and one depicted the suicide, however there were more than two episodes that should have had these warnings.

If you guys want to know more about my thoughts on 13 Reasons Why, let me know!

 


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