SpearCraft Book Box · Unboxings

SpearCraft Book Box Unboxing – June 2017

Hey everyone! I have another unboxing for you guys.

This month I wanted to try another service, other than OwlCrate or FairyLoot. Don’t get me wrong, I love those two, but there are so many great services out there I wanted to feature another one you guys may not have heard of.

Also, I was obsessed with this month’s theme!

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The theme for this month was “Mansions and Manors”

👻Spoilers for June SpearCraft Book Box👻


The contents of the box were:

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👻 The first thing I saw was the spoiler card. The design on the same card was the same design they used to advertise the box on Instagram, and boy is it cute! The design was created by Catherine over at Hey Atlas Creative (@treehouseofbooks on Instagram).

 

One thing that really makes SpearCraft Book Box unique is that they make most of the goodies in their boxes. The goodies they made for this box were:

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👻 A Haunted Mansion book inspired sticker and magnet.

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👻 A stunning Foolish Mortals glass jar necklace with a candle charm accent. I love this and can’t wait to wear it.

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👻 They also sent along hand soap. You guys know how much I love bath products and we got two super cute gargoyle hand soaps. They were made with licensed soap molds too, which I thought was super cool.

👻 A Haunted Mansion inspired Stretching room bookmark

👻 We also got a double-sided door hanger. One side says “Do Not Disturb 999 Happy Haunts are reading” and the other says “Come in Foolish Mortal.”

The lovely creators also included some items from great shops and artists.

2017-06-23 15.56.54👻 The first two items are from the Literary Apothecary Shop. The first item was Haunted Mansion inspired 999 Happy Haunts Linen Spray (like Febreez, but cooler). The scent is black amethyst.

2017-06-23 15.59.50👻 Also from the Literary Apothecary Shop was Haunted Mansion inspired lip balm. The name of the balm is Foolish Mortals and it smells like “summer boardwalk” (theme park food, which actually smells super good 😋)

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2017-06-23 16.05.05👻 A fun surprise was that we got a signed postcard from Joe Chianakas which will allow us to download 2 of his books (so three books total in this box!).

 

👻 Last but not least was the book (and related goodies). The book for this month was House of Furies by Madeleine Roux. We also got a letter from the author and signed bookplate, along with a pin with the cover of the book on it.


Book Prediction

July Theme

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

July’s theme is Victorian Classics!

I don’t have a solid guess for July. Maybe The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee?

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


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4-Star · Book Reviews · Recommended Reads · Retellings

Heartless by Marissa Meyer – Book Review

Heartless

Title: Heartless
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: November 8, 2016
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling
Source: Purchased at Target
Pages: 453
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Synopsis

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Review

Alice fans will absolutely love this book! There was so much of Wonderland brought through these pages. The story did a great job of giving unique back stories to all the classic characters we’ve come to know and love. As a HUGE fan of Alice in Wonderland, it was so fun to see an Alice retelling before Alice went down the rabbit hole. Emma from emmabooks compared this story to Wicked as the retelling completely changes what we know and how we view the characters. I have to agree 100%.

Heartless introduces us to Cath, daughter of the Marquess and Marchioness of Rock Turtle Cove. Cath’s dream is to be a baker and open up her own shop with her best friend (and maid) Mary Ann; however, Cath is a lady and her parents wish for her to marry the King of Hearts. On the night where the King is to propose to her, Cath becomes enamored with the new court joker, Jest. Quick note, I love how this book never went into full love triangle territory, just forbidden love. I wouldn’t quite call this insta-love either. It was more affection and wonder at the beginning, but it wasn’t a slow burn romance either.

Jest is easily my favorite character in this book. He seems mysterious and funny; the perfect book boyfriend material. I did like Catherine, up until the end (we’ll get more into that in the spoiler corner), and the other characters were true to their other Wonderland counter parts. They weren’t the characters Alice met, but you could see how they became them.

For the story, I was cautiously reading until the end. I knew where the story would have to go because I know who Cath was to become, but I really didn’t want the story to go there. That’s the trouble with prequels, it’s like reading fate. That being said, the whimsy of the story was impeccable. There were a couple of plot points that took me completely by surprise, while others were slightly predictable. I wasn’t in love with the ending, as there were a couple of things I would have done differently, but overall I truly enjoyed this story

Spoiler Corner

Okay, let’s start with the ending. I wasn’t thrilled with the story after Jest’s death. Chelsea from chelseadolling reads mentions how she felt like Cath’s character change and motivation appears to come out of nowhere. I definitely agree with this. I felt like Cath was not acting out of grief, but was already acting like the Queen of Hearts. Personally, I would have believed it more if her actions, such as being harsh to her family, dismissing Mary Ann, giving up her bakery, etc. happened after her heart was removed. I feel like those actions would have fit better with a heartless woman rather than a heartbroken one. Going off of that, it’s interesting that she remains vengeful after her heart was removed. I definitely get why she was, but one would think she would be rid of all emotions without a heart (unless they were alluding to the fact that she’s now rid of compassion).

I love stories where fate is involved, but it really angers me when people ignore the blatant warnings. Cath was warned not to enter any doors, but she does so to save Mary Ann, knowing what it would lead to. This part made me so upset; knowing what was about to happen but not being able to change it was the worst. I was scared that it was Raven that was going to kill Jest, so I was happy to see that that wasn’t the case. Still, I was so sad to see him die. Side note, the sisters were jerks – putting the four into a hall of doors after forbidding them to enter a door. That’s just cruel. I do wonder how the story would have ended if they went to Chess instead though.

As for the big reveal about Lady Peter’s wife, I did see that coming. I think that was supposed to be obvious, due to it not being that large of a plot point. The Jabberwoky did wreak havoc and was the cause of Jest’s death, but overall that sub plot was swept aside. I’m actually okay with that. I like the idea of Cath slaying the Jabberwoky and of Peter Peter trying to justify that she didn’t murder a beast, rather she murdered his wife. I still have trouble understanding why Cath went to save Mary Ann. I know the two were friends (and being fed to a Jabberwoky sounds like the worst way to go), but the two had a clear falling out. Also, Cath was warned.

Lastly, it was really cool seeing why the queen hated white roses so much and how the timid king ended up with the wrathful queen. Watching the last of the parallels unfold really tied the last moments of this story with the classic tale Carol told.

Final Thoughts

I’m definitely hung up on the last couple of decisions in the book, but overall I really enjoyed reading it. I was curious to see how Cath was going to become the Queen of Hearts, although she did not take the path I thought she was going to. Like I said at the beginning, Alice fans will love this reimagining of the Queen of Hearts. Despite my issues with the “final transformation,” I do still recommend this one!

Read it, or “Off with your head!” I’m just kidding, but seriously, read this one.

Rating

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – 4 out of 5 Stars

FairyLoot Unboxing

FairlyLoot Unboxing – June 2017

Hey everyone!

Today I received my second FairyLoot box. Ah the FairyLoot team continues to outdo themselves. Their boxes are so well done! If you’re thinking about subscribing, you definitely should! Their boxes sell out every month! July’s box is already sold out, but they will have a few unclaimed boxes available on July 3rd.

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Ignore the damage on the logo. My post office was rough with the box. Fortunately nothing was broken or damaged.

June’s theme was “Elementalists”

🔥💧Spoilers for the June 2017 FairyLoot!🌲💨


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💨 The frist item I saw in this month’s box was a candle from Witchwood Remedies. There were five different Stormheart candles that went out, inspired by the book of the month. I received Skyfire which had a bit of a spicy scent.

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💧 The next thing I saw was a charcoal soap made exclusively by Ascent Bath and Body. The soap is entitled Clairvoyance and smells like white fig and pomegranate. The soap is made of a shea butter and activated charcoal, which leave the skin clean and soft!

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🔥 FairyLoot revealed that we would get an item inspired by Avatar: The Last Airbender. This item by lip balm made by Geeky Clean. I got Fire Bender.

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🌲 A bracelet created exclusively by In the Moment. This Hamsa Hand Bracelet was handmade and the bracelet is absolutely gorgeous. The hamsa hand is a protective symbol and is said to bring the owner happiness, luck, health, and good fortune.

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💨 We also got these adorable sticky notes! These potion sticky notes were made exclusively by FairyLoot. The purple potion is for health, blue is for magic power (mana), and yellow is for stamina.

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💧FairyLoot also revealed that Miss Phi would be making an item for us. We got a pillow case, which is absolutely stunning. The picture doesn’t do it justice. The quote is from Steven King and says “Books are a uniquely portable magic.”

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🔥 We also got this lovely postcard inspired by the Frostblood Saga by Elly Blake. The quote on the postcard says “Affairs between fire and frost rarely end well.” This postcard is super pretty, I love the artwork on it.

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🌲 FairyLoot included a chapter sampler for The Walking Land by Callie Bates. I don’t know much about this book, but the synopsis sounds super interesting. This book will be released on June 29, 2017.

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💨 Last but not least, the goodies inside the pouch. For those of you who don’t get FairyLoot, the company has a pouch with the logo on it which contains the book of the month, a letter from the author, a signed book-plate, the monthly FairyScoop, and the buddy read code. The book for this month was Roar by Cora Carmack, which was my guess from the May unboxing. Also this is one of the prettiest signed book-plate I’ve ever received from a subscription box.

💧 As mentioned above, FairyLoot includes a unique hashtag to connect with reading buddies. Mine is #fairyloot01541. If that’s your code, send me message!


Book Prediction!

Tricksters

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

July’s theme is TRICKSTERS!

I think the book will be: Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

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?

Interested in July’s box*? Subscribe to FairyLoot here: https://subscribe.fairyloot.com/**

You can purchase one box or subscribe to one of three plans (monthly, 3 months, or 6 months) starting at £26.00! Use the code IDOBELIEVEINFARIES to save 5%!

* July’s box just sold out today (June 19th), however there will be a limited number of boxes available on July 3rd. The theme for August will be revealed shortly after and August boxes will also go on sale. Friendly heads up, FairyLoot has been selling out every month despite adding more boxes. If you’re thinking about subscribing, make you do it as soon as boxes go on sale!

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Favorites Lists

Top 10 Favorite Fictional Dads!

Happy Father’s Day too all the dad’s out there!

Although many people celebrate this day, a fair number truly loath it for one reason or another. I’ll be honest, father’s day is defintely not my favorite day of the year, but I’m hoping this post is something that everyone can enjoy.


Here are my ten favorite fictional dads!

Atticus_FinchAtticus Finch – To Kill a Mockingbird 

I’m not going to lie, I’m not the biggest fan of this book/movie. I have nothing against it and I think it has a super important message. I just don’t like it as much as everyone else done. That being said, Atticus is one of the best fictional fathers out there.

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”

Gomez-AddamsGomez Addams – Addams Family

His family might be creepy and kooky, but Gomez is an amazing father. He truly cares about his family.

“I would die for her. I would kill for her. Either way, what bliss.”

 

Arthur WeasleyArthur Weasley – Harry Potter franchise

The Weasley family is probly my favorite fictional family of all time. Arthur is such a fun dad to have, it’s clear that he loves his work and his family and is more than happy to be a father figure for Harry.

“Times like these, dark times, they do funny things to people. They can tear them apart.”

Star-Wars-Darth-Vader-WallpaperDarth Vader – Star Wars

Probably the most famous dad in the galaxy and behind one of the greatest reveals in movie history, Aniken Skywalker is the dad of Luke and Leia, but I’m sure you knew that. He made the list because several of the major plot points of the film franchise are based off of the paternal relationship between Aniken and his kids.

No Luke,  I am your father.”

Bob_ParrBob Parr – The Incredibles

Let’s be frank, the events of the Incredibles primarily happened because of Bob’s actions. That being said, he was trying to help his family by returning to his super persona.

“You are my greatest adventure, and I almost missed it.”

MufasaMufasa – The Lion King

King of the pride lands inspired by the ghost of Hamlet’s father. Although he didn’t have much screen time, it’s the death of Mufasa that kicks of most of the plot. Mufasa is also a solid dad though, he helps Simba grow and turn into the rightful king of Pride Rock.

“Simba, I’m only brave when I have to be. Being brave doesn’t mean you go looking for trouble.”

Marlin-FNMarlin – Finding Nemo

Any dad that explores the entire ocean to find his son deserves a spot on this list.

“I have to get out of here! I have to find my son! I have to tell him how old sea turtles are!”

Dan ConnerDan Conner – Rosanne

My favorite thing about this sitcom is how relateable the family is. My mom used to watch this show all the time and it grew on me over the years. I love how realistic Dan’s character is. He seems like he can be anyone’s father, not overly perfect like other sitcom fathers.

“Ah, man. This parenthood thing sure doesn’t look like it did in the brochures.”

Mr. ParkerMr. Parker “Old Man” – A Christmas Story

In the same mindset of Dan, Mr. Parker was another “everyday” father figure. He was grouchy, he swore, but he loved family. Hell, he got Ralphie the ultimate Christmas present.

“It’s a Major Award!”

Indiana JonesIndiana Jones – Indiana Jones

Okay this one is kind of cheating. I don’t like him as a dad, but he is technically a dad. I am a huge fan of Indiana Jones.

“Nothing shocks me. I’m a scientist.”

Honorable Mentions (A.K.A. father figures)

Sirius Black

Sirius Black – Harry Potter franchise

Sirius’s death was one of the hardest for me in the Harry Potter franchise. In the three books we had Sirius, he truly became the closest thing Harry had to a father throughout the books.

“We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.”

YonduYondu – Gardians of the Galaxy 

If you’re not tearing up a bit, you’re lying. Honestly, the end of Guardians almost had me sobbing (it did get a few tears though). Definitely not a traditional father figure, but it took a couple words to make him a new favorite father figure of mine.

“He might be your father boy, but he wasn’t your daddy.”


Who are your favorite fictional dads? Let me know in the comments!

OwlCrate Unboxing

OwlCrate Unboxing – June 2017

Hey everyone!

My OwlCrate arrived on the earlier side this month (June 16th) and I was thrilled to dive in. I was a bit apprehensive about this month’s theme, but I was pleasantly surprised. This box was super fun (and so green)! There are still more boxes available until June 20th! If you want to pick up one up, there will be a link below!

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May’s theme was “Make It Out Alive.”

💀☠️ Spoilers for the June 2017 OwlCrate!☠️💀


The contents of the box were:

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💀The first thing in the box was the spoiler card and pin inspired by this month’s theme. I am loving this artwork!

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☠️ Exclusive magnet inspired by An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir created by Little Inkling Design. The text reads “Fear is only your enemy if you allow it to be.”

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💀 Divergent-inspired bath bomb made by Fizzy Fairy Apothecary. Each bath bomb has a charm inspired by the four factions. This was made exclusively for OwlCrate as well.

 

 

☠️ Double sided bookmark with quotes from A Court of Thrones and Roses by Sarah J. Maas created by Hey Atlas Creative. Side 1 has the quote “Remember that you are a wolf and you cannot be caged.” Side 2 has the quote “You do not fear … you do not falter. You do not yield.”

 

💀 We also got a Zombie sleep mask created by Archie McPhee.

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☠️ A patch inspired by The Giver by Lois Lowry created by Laserbrain Patch Co featuring the red apple that Jonah discovers in the book.

 

 

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💀 OwlCrate also revealed that we would be getting a second book from Oftomes Publishing. The book was New World Rising by Jennifer Wilson. This books is said to be an intense read about a girl named Phoenix trying to survive the ruthless dystopian city she calls home. This book looks absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to check it out.

 

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☠️ Last but not least, we have the book of the month. If you guys read my unboxing post for May’s OwlCrate, you can see my guess for this month’s book. Yeah, I was wrong. The book of the month is The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson. When a revolutionary group called The Wolfpack takes over the world, holding both people and resources hostage, the future looks bleak. Luckily, Eden knows how to reach the last bit of neutral land left, called Sanctuary Island, and she’ll do anything to make it there alive. But once Eden and her friends arrive on its shores, 2017-06-17-15-02-01.pngnothing is as expected. And when on of her comrades goes missing in the night, suddenly the island feels more deadly and dangerous than the brutal world she left behind. This book is said to have an intense mix of dystopian, environmental, and survival elements weaved throughout it. This book also came with a signed book plate, a letter from the author and an exclusive sticker sheet.

 

I really enjoyed this box. I was surprised how green this box (honestly, look how green!) was, not that I’m subscribing. I can’t wait to dive into these books. I don’t read many dystopian books and I’m thrilled that I have 2 to check  out. Those of you who got this box? What did you think?


✈️🌴Book Prediction!✈️🌴

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

July’s theme is Wanderlust!

I don’t have a solid guess for July. Maybe Changes in Latitudes by Jen Malone or Chasing Eveline by Leslie Hauser?

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?

Interested in July’s box? OwlCrate just announced that there will be an item inspired by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them! Boxes go on sale June 21st!

Subscribe to OwlCrate here.*

You can purchase one box to try them out or subscribe to one of three plans (monthly, 3 months, or 6 months) starting at $29.99! Use the code SUITCASE15 to save 15%!

*The above link is a referral link. I make no profit if you subscribe. I’m just trying to spread the book love!*

4-Star · Book Reviews · Recommended Reads

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia – Book Review

IMG_2524Title: Eliza and Her Monsters
Author: Francesca Zappia
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date: 5/30/2017
Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary, Mental Health
Source: “Comic Explosion” OwlCrate Box – May 2017
Pages: 352
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Synopsis

Eighteen-year-old Eliza Mirk is the anonymous creator of Monstrous Sea, a wildly popular webcomic, but when a new boy at school tempts her to live a life offline, everything she’s worked for begins to crumble.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, smart, and friendless. Online, Eliza is LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of a popular webcomic called Monstrous Sea. With millions of followers and fans throughout the world, Eliza’s persona is popular. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves her digital community. Then Wallace Warland transfers to her school, and Eliza begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile. But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

Review

This book was amazing, everything I was hoping Fangirl to be. I loved the way Francesca wrote the contrast between Eliza and LadyConstellation, showing how and why Eliza feels more comfortable in the online world. I also loved the slow burn romance between Eliza and Wallace. Knowing what we do about the characters, the relationship was believable but didn’t seem forced.

I’ll get into this more in the Spoiler Corner, but I loved the mental health rep in this book. Everything was portrayed super authentic and the struggles seemed incredibly believable. Despite this book taking place in high school, people of all ages can relate to the characters. Several of the struggles surpass age and anyone regardless of age can understand the actions and motivation of the characters.

Spoiler Corner

I’m going to start off with my favorite part of this book – the mental health rep. Francesca completely nailed the portrayals of severe generalized anxiety and trauma. She was able to conceptualize and write Eliza’s panic attack with an accuracy many authors cannot capture, letting people truly understand the inner thoughts of someone going through one. Additionally, Eliza’s loss of interest, betrayal, and avoidance was also accurate and understandable.

Wallace’s silence was in the same boat. Learning about the accident and why Wallace stopped speaking was heartbreaking to read about, but was definitely a believable consequence of trauma.

One thing I absolutely loved was that Francesca has her characters seek help, both psychotherapy and pharmaceutical remedies. Too many books forget the benefits of treatment and that treatment is different for everyone. Eliza was taking medication, but Wallace (to the reader’s knowledge) was not. There was also a great scene where Wallace was suggesting that Eliza needed help, but Eliza pointed out that Wallace needed help too, but was not seeking it. Later in the book, after Eliza started going to therapy, Wallace decided to start getting help himself. I also like that both characters sought help on their own volition (yes, Eliza’s parents asked her to go after she stopped attending school, but she decided to keep up with appointments).

I also liked the way Eliza was “outed.” Honestly, I was afraid that she was going to be outed by Wallace or someone recognizing the fan work, or uploading something on one account (personal or LadyConstellation) that should have gone on the others, or some other overused cliché. The fact that it was the parents, took me completely off guard and was refreshing.

I also liked how authentic the reactions to the news were. Wallace had every right to be mad. Eliza’s world turned upside down, it’s understandable that she had the mental health issues that she did, especially since she was already exhibiting signs of severe anxiety. The parents would not fully understand how big the comic got, but they would understandably want to show Eliza that they’re proud.

Final Thoughts

The mental health rep was spot on (did I make that clear yet?). The characters were relatable. This book was what I thought I was going to get with Fangirl, but didn’t. It truly is a love letter to fandoms and is packed with authentic characters. Even those who are not a fan of contemporary should pick this one up.

Rating

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨ – 4.5 out of 5 Stars

4-Star · Book Reviews · Recommended Reads

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli – Review

Upside of Unrequited

 

Title: The Upside of Unrequited
Author: Becky Albertalli
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date: 4/11/2017
Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary
Source: “Head Over Heels” OwlCrate Box – April 2017
Pages: 352
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Synopsis
Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.
 

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back. 

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

Review

I loved this book. It was the cute contemporary I was hoping for and I flew right through it. This is a nice fluffy book full of Becky has a gift writing relatable teenage characters going through authentic problems. One issue I have when rereading other contemporary books is that I have trouble relating to the characters. Their situations were never ones that I faced and it made understanding their motives difficult at times. Becky overcomes that with the teenagers in her novels. I was able to relate to the characters and understand their struggles. Hell, I’ve even faced some of these struggles before. I won’t go as far as to say that these characters are timeless, but they are certainly representative of today’s youth.

I also want to applaud Becky on her use of diversity through this book. She did a great job including a wide array of characters but never making their diversity the only defining part of the character.

Here’s a sample of the diversity that is included in this book:

  • “Fat” MC and (potential) love interest
  • LGBTQIA+ Prominent side characters
    • MC’s sister is openly gay
    • MC has two moms, one is gay and the other is bi
    • MC’s sister’s new girl friend is pan sexual and half Korean
  • One of MC’s moms is African-American
  • MC’s brother is also African-American

Honestly, there’s not much to say about this book when it comes to plot. Like many contemporary books, the main plot is just watching the MC learn about themselves and grow as a character. For the most part, I did like the journey Molly’s character goes on.

Spoiler Corner

One this that I didn’t like about this book was towards the ending, Molly and Reid has to go through that annoying trope where Molly likes Reid but turns him down so Reid starts talking to another girl (who is newly single) and Molly gets mad at Reid and stops talking to him for a while thinking that he is no longer interested in her.

Personally, I hate this trope. I see a version of it in several romantic comedies and contemporary stories. This is a situation that could have been prevented by a text message or two.

That being said, I was thrilled NOT to see a love triangle in this book. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a sucker for a love triangle, but this was a story that didn’t need one and it was refreshing not to see Becky take that route.

Final Thoughts

Despite the one gripe I had towards the end of the book, I did still enjoy this book. It was the first contemporary I’ve read in a while and I had such a blast with it. As mentioned above, I love the way Becky writes teenagers. She makes them authentic and relatable and like you could be reading about anyone. Becky also ditched the “quirky miss understood” protagonists stereotype, favoring a more authentic MC who usually doesn’t take the spotlight.

Rating

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨ – 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Monthly TBRs

Unreasonable Summer 2017 TBR

You know what the worst thing about going on a reading hiatus is?

Catching up on all the great books you missed.


Hey everyone!

I hope your June is going well so far! I’m definitely enjoying the illusion of free time I have to read. I’m doing a decent job hitting my June reading goals and completing the Emojiathon, so I’m pretty excited about that.

How’s your June reading going?


When picking out the books I wanted to read this June, I realized there is a mountain of books I want to read. Since it’s summer, why not try start hammering down this massive TBR pile.

Without further ado, here are the books I want to read this summer:

Since there are so many books, I’m just attaching the GoodReads links for them instead of adding pictures. Also, add me on GoodReads!

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

World Mythology in Bite Sized Chunks by Mark Daniels

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

A Court of Thrones and Roses, A Court of Mist and Fury and A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass (and maybe the others) by Sarah J. Maas

Truthwitch (rereading) and Windwitch by Susan Dennard

Dorothy Must Die (maybe other 3 books) by Danielle Paige

A School for Good and Evil, A World Without Princes, and The Last Ever After by Soman Chainani

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (I’ve never read any of Cassandra Clare’s work, but I think it’s time to finally check them out)

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (I’ve never read any of Rick Riordan’s books and I feel like I’m seriously missing out)

Storm Front by Jim Butcher (and the rest of the Dresen Files because my sister has been bugging me to read these for like 5 years).

Illuminae and Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, Illustrated by Marie Lu

The Outsiders by S. E. Hilton (I loved this book in Jr. High, but I haven’t read it since like 8th grade so it’s definitely time to reread it)

Harry Potter by J. K Rowling. (I haven’t reread these books since Jr. High or High School, so I definitely need to get on that)


What books are on your summer (or winter for my friends in the southern hemisphere) TBR?

Book Tags

Drunk Book Tag – #BookTag

Hello, fellow bookworms!

I am thrilled to say I’m finally free for the summer, and by free I mean free to work and study for yet another test (hello GRE prep!). I also have a lot more time to read and to finally attack some of the books on that ever growing TBR list.

To kick off my new freedom, I wanted to do a fun booktag. I found this tag about two monthm ago and though it was perfect. This tag was co-created by lovely Booktubers, Chelsea at ChelseaDolling Reads (check out her video here) and Julie at Pages and Pens (check out her video here).

QUESTIONS!

🍸 1. Wine Coolers: You’re 16 and you finally managed to sneak one of your mom’s Smirnoff Ices. What is one of your most guilty pleasure reads?

Ah I don’t really have a guilty pleasure read. Maybe the Meg Cabot books I read back in high school (I don’t remember what they’re called, but they were told in email format).

🍺 2. Beer: You’ve made it to college and are hosting your first kegger! Pick your favorite new adult or college aged book.

Does Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell count? Because if so, I think that’s the only one I’ve read recently.

🍷3. Tequila: You partied too hard last night and drank a liiittle too much Jose Cuervo. What’s a book that you never want to see again (or, your least favorite book)?

I don’t really have a book that I never want to see again. But a book that wasn’t my favorite was The Great Gatsby. I read this book in high school and wasn’t a fan.

🍺4. Beer Bong: What’s a book that you read super fast?

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. I flew through this books and loved every minute of it.

🍾5. SPRING BREAK!!!!: You’ve thrown your inhibitions to the wind and end up having a sexy night you’ll never forget. What is your favorite smutty read?

Sadly the only smutty read I’ve every read is the 50 Shades trilogy which is by far NOT by favorite. I find the series quite problematic and abusive.

Any recommendations for enjoyable smutty reads?

🍸6. Screwdriver: What the most twisted (HEH) book you’ve ever read?

Probably the Asylum trilogy by Madline Roux. These books were…odd. That’s really all I can say. I kept reading because I was intrigued enough to find out what was going on, but boy was it strange.

🥃7. Long Island Ice Tea: The melting pot of alcoholic beverages. What is one of your favorite diverse reads?

Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli is dripping with diversity and I love it! I also want to give a shout out to The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I don’t think I’ve read a book with a POC as the MC before and it was interesting reading from this point of view, espcially with regards of the themes of this book.

🍹8. Sex on the Beach: A drink that’s great in theory, but wasn’t exactly all it was cracked up to be. What is a book that just didn’t live up to the hype?

Sidenote, I love the pun between this question and title. It took me a second (because Sex on the Beach is my favorite drink) to figure out how the question related to the cocktail.

I have to go with RoseBlood by A. G. Howard for this one. I loved the Splintered series, yes the love triangle dominated the last two books and overshadowed the Wonderland retelling, but it was also the first series to get me back into reading and I’m a sucker for a good love triangle (when they’re not pointless or overdone). RoseBlood is a Phantom of the Opera retelling, which I was super excited to read. I honestly don’t know if I know of a Phantom retelling and the cover is just stunning. Sadly, this book did not meet my expectation (you can read my full review here).

🍷 9. Wine: You’ve just gone through a rough break-up, so you park yourself in bed with your favorite bottle of wine, some ice-cream, and a bucket for your tears. Name a book that made you cry out all of your feels.

Pretty much any Jodi Picoult books, but Sing You Home was the most recent one.

🥂10. Strip Club! Your favorite naked hardback.

My current favorite is Heartless by Marissa Meyer. Ah look at the black and red. It’s so pretty. Don’t get me wrong, I love the dustjacket, but it’s pretty naked too. 🙈

Tag, You’re It! 

Chelsea had a great way to tag people. We’re going to be playing some (Bookish) Never have I Ever.

This is honestly my favorite game to play with friends/large groups. If you’re not familiar with the game, the rules are someone (in this case me) says something they have not done. If you have done it, you do whatever the rules of the game are. Some versions are played like musical chairs (everyone is in a circle, one person in the middle, if you did the thing you switch spots, someone becomes the new middle), a version with holding fingers, and I’ve seen this as a drinking game. In our version, we’re going to be keeping the questions bookish and if you did anything on my list, you’re tagged! As always, if you don’t want to do the tag, don’t, and if you do want to do the tag, do.

  1. Never have I ever: Read a book by John Green.
  2. Never have I ever: Returned or regifted a book someone else bought for me.
  3. Never have I ever: Solicited an ARC from a publisher.
  4. Never have I ever: Met a booktuber IRL.

I can’t wait to see your answers!

Monthly Wrap-Ups

May Wrap Up

Hey guys,

As many of you know, May was the last month in my semester of school. Because of that, I was unable to read that much. I did manage to complete 2 books this month: Strange the Dreamer (audiobook) and Eliza and her Monsters.

Strange the Dreamer

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

I loved this book so much! I do admit that most of this may have been because the narrator on the audiobook was amazing!

I have not been engrossed in a fantasy world in years and I can’t for the sequel! Seriously, I need it now.

 

IMG_2524Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.

I also loved this book! There was fantastic mental health rep and super relateable characters. I’m going to have a full review coming in the next week or so, giving you guys my more indepth thoughts. Also, if you liked Fangirl, you’re probably going to like this one!


What was your favorite book that you read this May?

What books are you most looking to read in June?

Let me know in the comments!