Owlcrate Box September 2016

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I received my Owlcrate Box a couple days ago and I was so excited for this month’s theme which was darkness. I couldn’t resist temptation and gave in. Ha ha. Anyways, in this month’s box I received:

  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  • A Fortune Teller
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children pencil pouch
  • A bookmark
  • A candle
  • An Owlcrate pin
  • A bath bomb
  • An episode book
  • A book preview (the passport)

Even though I haven’t read Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, I loving the pencil pouch. I’m currently using it for school and it’s very spacious. As for the bath bomb, I can’t wait to use it soon! Lastly, I loved the candle. It smells absolutely amazing! I might purchase it if the seller puts it on Etsy.

The Book

three-dark-crownsGoodreads Synopsis: Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.

 

Owlcrate Box April 2016

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(picture taken from my bookstagram account: @thereadingbelle)

Hey world! I received my Owlcrate Box yesterday, but I didn’t get to open it till today! I didn’t want to film my unboxing this time around because filming and opening the box with one hand is difficult. Anyways, this month’s box did not disappoint!! So, when I saw that April’s theme was going to be dystopian, I had to get it.

My box came with a lot of awesome merchandise:

  • Wicked Decal (Maze Runner)
  • Mockingjay bracelet
  • a mini 1984 blank notebook
  • a Katniss minimalist magnet
  • a cute bookish coaster
  • a mini quote poster from the upcoming book – The Star-Touched Queen
  • Flawed by Cecelia Ahren

My favorite item was the 1984 mini notebook! I also liked the bracelet very much, and as for the book, I haven’t read much reviews about it. So, I really don’t know what to expect.

The Book:

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Goodreads Synopsis: Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.

But then Celestine encounters a situation where she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found flawed.

In her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society where perfection is paramount and flaws lead to punishment. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.

 

Owlcrate March Box

The Video:

The Book:

the serpent kingGoodreads Synopsis: Dill has had to wrestle with vipers his whole life—at home, as the only son of a Pentecostal minister who urges him to handle poisonous rattlesnakes, and at school, where he faces down bullies who target him for his father’s extreme faith and very public fall from grace.

He and his fellow outcast friends must try to make it through their senior year of high school without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and sense of self. Graduation will lead to new beginnings for Lydia, whose edgy fashion blog is her ticket out of their rural Tennessee town. And Travis is content where he is thanks to his obsession with an epic book series and the fangirl turning his reality into real-life fantasy.

Their diverging paths could mean the end of their friendship. But not before Dill confronts his dark legacy to attempt to find a way into the light of a future worth living.

February Owlcrate Box 2016

The Book

the love that split the world Goodreads Synopsis: Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves.

Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start… until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.

That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken.

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I am amazed by this box! I was not expecting this book at all. I kept thinking that Starflight was going to be the book for this month. I will literally wear that tote bag everywhere  from now on. I love it!!! I may consider getting March’s box, even thought it’s a bit pricer than Uppercase.

February Uppercase Box 2016

 

The Book

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Goodreads Synopsis: Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She’s so desperate to reach the realm that she’s willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.

When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he’s been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world—and each other—the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe…

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Honestly, I loved the box. Though Uppercase normally doesn’t have a set theme for the month, the February box was very organized. This box definitely deserves an A+. As you can tell, I really loved the scarf.

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February Doki Doki Crate

For this month, I wanted to branch out and try another box subscription. The Doki Doki Crate is relatively new, and if it sounds familiar, then it should be since Japan Crate created it. Doki Doki Crate is a themed subscription box with kawaii items. The subscription is $30 dollars a month with free shipping. This is not a sponsored post, I paid for this box. The reason I got this box is because it was Kiki’s Delivery Service and Spirited Away themed.

I was beyond excited for this box and my expectations were high. I thought I was going to receive a couple of Studio Ghibli items as well. I filmed an unboxing video, but decided not to post it because I was disappointed with most of the box.

The only things related to the box’s theme was the Jiji coin purse and the mini No Face plushie, while everything was a bit random. The other items included in the box were ghost flags, a bookmark, a whistle, a mini pen, a Kero keychain, a Chi Chi cat figure, and a Card Captor Sakura mini figure.

Now, I am going to be a bit harsh, but the mini Card Captor Sakura figure is a fake. I didn’t realize it, until my sister who collects anime figures told me. Good Smile Company is one of her favorite companies when it comes to figures, and she showed me a Facebook post from Good Smile Company that stated the figures from the Doki Doki Crate are fake! I’ll post the link if you want to check it out: Fake Figure

I am a bit upset that most of the items were fake, even the coin purse was fake. I will not be getting another subscription. I heard that Japan Crate has addressed the issue over the fake items. Here’s the link: Japan Crate responds to bootleg items

If I had to rate the box, I would would rate it a C. It was very pricey, and it let me down. Now I am more aware of fake anime goods. There are other cheaper kawaii subscription boxes if you want to check them out. Q-Box  is one of the better ones that I have stumbled upon, though it may carry fake goods as well, but the boxes are better curated if you are looking for kawaii goods. I’d recommend checking out Dollastic on YouTube. Though most of my items were fake, they are still cute, and I am keeping them regardless.

January Uppercase Box 2016

Let me tell you this, I loved this box!! It’s been my favorite box so far because it has a book that I’ve been dying to get my hands on!! ٩(•౪•٩)三

The Book

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Goodreads Synopsis: On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, 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 reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

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Owlcrate December Unboxing

Hello world! My boyfriend got me an Owlcrate box as a gift for the holidays! I’ve always wanted to try out Owlcrate, but I did find it a tad more expensive than Uppercase. Anyways, here is my unboxing video! I hope you enjoy! Maybe in the near future, I can also subscribe to Owlcrate! ( ິ•ᆺ⃘• )ິฅ✧

The Book:

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Young, beautiful, and witty, Ginevra de’ Benci longs to take part in the artistic ferment of Renaissance Florence. But as the daughter of a wealthy family in a society dictated by men, she is trapped in an arranged marriage, expected to limit her creativity to domestic duties. Her poetry reveals her deepest feelings, and she aches to share her work, to meet painters and sculptors mentored by the famed Lorenzo de Medici, and to find love.

When the charismatic Venetian ambassador, Bernardo Bembo, arrives in Florence, he introduces Ginevra to a dazzling circle of patrons, artists, and philosophers—a world of thought and conversation she has yearned for. She is instantly attracted to the handsome newcomer, who admires her mind as well as her beauty. Yet Ginevra remains conflicted about his attentions. Choosing her as his Platonic muse, Bembo commissions a portrait by a young Leonardo da Vinci. Posing for the brilliant painter inspires an intimate connection between them—one Ginevra can only begin to understand. In a rich and enthralling world of exquisite art, elaborate feasts, and exhilarating jousts, she faces many temptations to discover her voice, artistic companionship, and a love that defies categorization. In the end, she and Leonardo are caught up in a dangerous and deadly battle between powerful families.

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December Uppercase Unboxing

Hello world! Here is my unboxing video of my Uppercase box. I have the expert plan which is the most popular plan!

The Book:

not if i see you first

Goodreads Synopsis:

The Rules:

Don’t deceive me. Ever. Especially using my blindness. Especially in public.

Don’t help me unless I ask. Otherwise you’re just getting in my way or bothering me.

Don’t be weird. Seriously, other than having my eyes closed all the time, I’m just like you only smarter.

Parker Grant doesn’t need 20/20 vision to see right through you. That’s why she created the Rules: Don’t treat her any differently just because she’s blind, and never take advantage. There will be no second chances. Just ask Scott Kilpatrick, the boy who broke her heart.

When Scott suddenly reappears in her life after being gone for years, Parker knows there’s only one way to react-shun him so hard it hurts. She has enough on her mind already, like trying out for the track team (that’s right, her eyes don’t work but her legs still do), doling out tough-love advice to her painfully naive classmates, and giving herself gold stars for every day she hasn’t cried since her dad’s death three months ago. But avoiding her past quickly proves impossible, and the more Parker learns about what really happened–both with Scott, and her dad–the more she starts to question if things are always as they seem. Maybe, just maybe, some Rules are meant to be broken.

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November Uppercase Box

I really wanted to try a subscription box out and I know that there are many out there. I did some research on the boxes before I ended up purchasing one. Uppercase is a monthly book subscription, you can renew every month or purchase any other plans depending on what you want. I ended up getting the Expert Box which seems to be the most popular one. Anyways, I made a video of my unboxing!!!

 

The BookWolf by Wolf book cover

Goodreads Synopsis: Code Name Verity meets Inglourious Basterds in this fast-paced novel from the author of The Walled City.

The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule the world. To commemorate their Great Victory over Britain and Russia, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s ball.

Yael, who escaped from a death camp, has one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year’s only female victor, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin’s brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael’s every move. But as Yael begins to get closer to the other competitors, can she bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?

Look at all the neat things I got! I can’t wait for December’s box!!

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