NaNoWriMo Day 1

I’ve been silent for a good month and I apologize for that! It was never my attention to start a blog and then ghost it. I will continue to post on here when I can, and try to catch up on my Fairyloot and Bookish box unboxings.

If you haven’t read my about me yet, I’m also an online writer on a couple of interactive story gaming apps. I absolutely love to write and consider it a passion! Over the past month, I’ve been vigorously planning and outlining for this year’s and my first ever NaNoWriMo.

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month where every year on a month (this year’s month is November), writers participate in a 50,000 word reach challenge for novels, short stories, autobiography, you name it. NaNoWriMo is also a non-profit organization providing resources and tools for writers, especially at discount rates! Writers all over the world are allowed to join and interact with each other in groups, communities, prep classes, or maybe not at all if that is their preference.

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Book Review: Skyhunter

Skyhunter

Author: Marie Lu
Release Date: September 29th, 2020
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Dystopian, Science Fiction
Series: Skyhunter
Format: Hardcover

Thank you Bookish First and Macmillan Publishers for providing a free print copy in exchange for an honest review!

Talin is a daughter, friend, refugee, and Striker. She’s been trained since she was twelve years old to move like a ghost and to kill a Ghost. She fights for the free nation of Mara to keep them safe from the Karensa Federation.

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Book Review: Verity

Verity

Author: Colleen Hoover
Release Date: December 7th, 2018
Genre: Adult Fiction, Thriller, Romance, Mystery
Format: eBook (Kindle)

Lowen is an introverted author who is struggling to make ends meet financially and professionally. She was given the opportunity of a lifetime when Corey comes in and offers her to be a co-author for his wife, Verity, who is in a persistent vegetative state, to finish writing her books.

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Unboxing: Bookish Box Blood & Honey

DISCLAIMER: THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS. PLEASE READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.

If you’re like me, I buy everything I can for my favorite series. The Serpent & Dove series by Shelby Mahurin happens to be one of them. I bought as many exclusive boxes and merchandise that my wallet allows for its sequel, Blood & Honey. The Bookish Box announced their exclusive edition for Blood & Honey in early February described with a signed book with reversible dust jackets for the series and other items within the bookish community. I was immediately stoked and bought it without hesitation. I absolutely LOVE alternate dust jackets with beautiful art and I admired how The Bookish Box was collaborating with other vendors in the community, so I couldn’t wait to see what they had in store for us. They definitely did not disappoint!

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Book Review: Fable

Fable

Author: Adrienne Young
Release Date: September 1st, 2020
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure
Series: Fable
Format: Hardcover

Abandoned by her father on a thieving poor island at fourteen years old, Fable is set on one path and one path only; to get off the island and have her father’s half of the promise fulfilled. Four years later, she learns the ways of thieves and trade, and sums up enough copper for passage off the dreadful island. Fable finds passage with a crew that she’s been trading pyre with the captain, West, for the past two years.

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Book Review: The Bridge Kingdom

The Bridge Kingdom

Author: Danielle L. Jensen
Release Date: October 16th, 2018
Genre: Adult Fiction, Dystopian
Series: The Bridge Kingdom
Format: Audiobook (Audible)

Lara is one of several Maridrinian princesses raised as a spy and trained as an assassin under her father’s, the king’s, manipulation for the sole purpose to wed the king of Ithicana, Aren, as part of a peace treaty agreement. She grew up with hatred, believing that Ithicana profitted off of Maridrina leaving her people poor and hungry.

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Unboxing: The Bookish Box August 2020

DISCLAIMER: THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS. PLEASE READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.

This August 2020’s theme for the YA (book & goodies only) box was “Crescent Moons & Songs of Starlight.” Their featured book is “Star Daughter” by Shveta Thakrar with gold foiling on the naked cover, and items included are inspired by The Lux Series, The Host, The Lunar Chronicles, and Illuminae. At first glance, I was definitely ready to receive this box. I love foiling on naked covers, because it gives off a vintage and aesthetic feel, and the theme sounds amazing! I haven’t read any of the books that the items are inspired by, so I have no idea what I was in for. I have watched The Host before and I did love it. 🙂

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Unboxing: Fairyloot August 2020

Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers. Read at your own risk. Thank you.

August 2020’s theme is “Let the Games Begin.” The featured book is Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar, and items inspired by An Ember in the Ashes, Aurora Rising, Hunting Prince Dracula, Scythe, Nevernight, and Harry Potter. My first impression when the theme was revealed was, “Hell, yessssss.” I love it when book box companies feature books that have diversity and inclusion. It lets me know that they care about their audience and want everybody to feel accepted. I haven’t read half of the books from the inspired items list, but was excited for the half that I have read from.

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Book Review: Blood & Honey

Blood & Honey

Author: Shelby Mahurin
Release Date: September 1st, 2020
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy
Series: Serpent & Dove
Format: Audiobook (Audible)

After fleeing from the Dame Blanches’ coven in the first book in the series, Serpent & Dove, Lou and her friends find themselves at a crossroads of what to do next. They know that her mother has something planned during the archbishop’s upcoming funeral, but they aren’t sure what.

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Book Review: A Song of Wraiths and Ruin

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin

Author: Roseanne A. Brown
Release Date: June 2nd, 2020
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy
Series: A Song of Wraiths and Ruin
Format: eBook (Kindle)

Karina is crown princess of Ziran, but did not live her life as so until the death of her oldest sister and father. She’s already been seen as an audacious childish princess, but with more expectations and responsibility looming over her shoulders, Karina cannot help but find herself in the middle of who she is and who she needs to be. Especially now due to the assassination of her mother, the sultana.

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