Owlcrate Unboxing! | Lunar Chronicles Goodness & Useless Whovian Madness

  
Owlcrate is a monthly YA subscription box featuring a delicious book and scrumptious bookish goodies. Want to know if it’s worth the $30 a box? Just read below for my take on the contents of the Feburary box, the theme of the month being Sci-Fi love! 
 I APPROVE. I shall commence using this tote bag to carry shenanigans and remind me of the shippity shipping feels. 

(Cress + Thorne is my favorite. FYI. I know you were wondering.)

 
I am not a Whovian. I do not care for Doctor Who. When I order a YA subscription box, I expect YA things. Is Doctor Who YA? NO. Ergo, I don’t want it. Get it away.  

I certainly like the cover!

I’ve only read one other book by H. G. Wells, and that was The Invisble Man. I despised it. So.

 

  1. The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry
  2. A letter from Emily Henry (so sweet!)
  3. A signed (!!!) sticker pertaining to said book

I have heard a monstrous amount of good things about TLTSTW. A MONSTOROUS AMOUNT. It looks intriguing and mysterious, I’m excited to see how I like it!

  
This month’s box was split 50/50 for me. But I think that’s mainly because I’m not much of a science fiction person in general. I haven’t even seen Star Wars (shh). 

What I would recommend doing is looking at Owlcrate’s Instagram and such to see the theme of the box ahead, and then decide if you’d like to order it or not.

While the theme wasn’t perfectly tailored towards me, the goodies did delight! I am also quietly dying of anticipation for March’s box, with the theme of Writer’s Block!

Have you ordered Owlcrate? If so, what month’s theme has been your favorite? Are you a Whovian? Do you want my brooch thing?

Winter | Review

Title: Winter
Author: Marissa Meyer

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fairytale Retelling

Rating:

  

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? 

824 pages.

824 pages of magic.

824 pages of heart-stopping action.

824 pages of Thorne.

824 pages of twists and turns of epic proportions.

824 pages of an epic finale.

824 pages of Winter.

This book was pretty darn great. 

One thing I loved was due to the length, we got to hear equally from all of our characters. Usually the namesake of the book gets most of the attention, but it was spread all around in this installment, which is perfect for adding to the drama.

Marissa Meyer is so great at portraying all kinds of characters in her stories, the wide range is so amazing to read about. I actually really loved Winter, the character. She was funny and quirky, and yeah, a little crazy. She was so different from all the characters you typically read about nowadays in young adult literature. (See my strong female character discussion post)

The world, the world. You know you’re reading a good book when you feel like you’ve sunk into the story, and the street corner you’re reading about is one you’ve passed every day. That is what I felt when reading Winter, and that is magic.

This was just the ending I wanted. Really. It was almost too perfect.

Almost.

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Disney Book Tag!

Hello, my lovely little followers and what I hope to be my soon-to-be-lovely-little-followers!

So, the awesome Silanur from AloofBooks tagged me in this swankified tag, and because of my intense, undying, and quite possibly creepy love for both Disney and books, I decided to do this tag right away!

1. The Little Mermaid – a character who is out of their element, a “fish out of water”

 

For this, I must choose Cather Avery of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Being quite the socially challenged introvert, she definitely struggles in college.

2. Cinderella – a character who goes through a major transformation

  
Of course, I have to choose the ultimate transformation, Juliette from the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi. Juliette starts out as this annoying, whiny brat, and transforms into—well, you’ll just have to read and see!

3. Snow White – a book with an eclectic cast of characters 

 
I gotta say Cress, the latest book in The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. From Cinder to Wolf to Throne, it’s a pretty diverse cast of unique characters.

4. Sleeping Beauty – a book that put you to sleep

  

So, Silanur (the blogger who tagged me, in case you have short term memory loss like a certain Disney sidekick fish) will hate me for this, but I will have to say The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. Though I loved the writing style, I barely made it through the first book, and couldn’t even finish the second.

5. The Lion King – a character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood

  
So, we’re going to go with Kahlid from The Wrath and The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh, which I happen to currently be reading. It’s tragic, it’s traumatic, and you’ll have to read the book to find out what happened.

6. Beauty and the Beast – A beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful

  
I think I was in 4th grade when I picked up a very sizable book by the name of Little Women. Though scary, I began reading anyway and it didn’t take very long to fall in love with the story and characters.

7. Aladdin – a character who gets their wish granted, for better or worse

  
I’m going to go with Feyre from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. *MINOR SPOILER* All Feyre wants in the beginning of the story is to go home, and, well, she gets her wish.

8. Mulan – a character who pretends to be someone or something they are not

  
I’m going to choose Mare Barrow from Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. The entire plot relies on her pretending to be one of another blood.

9. Toy Story – a book with characters you wish would come to life

  
PERCY JACKSON FOREVER AND ALWAYS.

10. Disney Descendants – your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character

*SPOILER FOR SHADOW AND BONE* The Darkling from the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. I mean, come on. Who else could I choose? I’m still convinced he’s really a good character and it’s all an illusion

Well, that’s it! I hope you enjoyed that lovely little tag!

I officially tag any blogger with the word “book” in their blog title. And even if you don’t, go ahead and give this tag a try!

Have you read any of these books? What’s your favorite Disney movie? Comment below!

-Becca❤️