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First Lines Friday – December 6, 2019

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature hosted by Wandering Words. The meme is based on the idea that instead of judging a book by its cover, author, prestige, we judge it instead by its opening line(s). You can check out my review of the book here!

When I see the letter nailed to my door, I know something is terribly wrong.



The Memory Thief Cover

Title: The Memory Thief
Author: Lauren Mansy
Rating: ★★★

In the city of Craewick, memories reign. The power-obsessed ruler of the city, Madame, has cultivated a society in which memories are currency, citizens are divided by ability, and Gifted individuals can take memories from others through touch as they please.

Seventeen-year-old Etta Lark is desperate to live outside of the corrupt culture, but grapples with the guilt of an accident that has left her mother bedridden in the city’s asylum. When Madame threatens to put her mother up for auction, a Craewick practice in which a “criminal’s” memories are sold to the highest bidder before being killed, Etta will do whatever it takes to save her. Even if it means rejoining the Shadows, the rebel group she swore off in the wake of the accident years earlier.

To prove her allegiance to the Shadows and rescue her mother, Etta must steal a memorized map of the Maze, a formidable prison created by the bloodthirsty ruler of a neighboring Realm. So she sets out on a journey in which she faces startling attacks, unexpected romance, and, above all, her own past in order to set things right in her world.

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WWW Wednesday – December 4, 2019

WWW Wednesday is a book blog meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words where bloggers answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you just finish reading?
What are you going to read next?

Currently Reading:

I am currently reading Blood Heir (Blood Heir, #1) by Amelie Wen Zhao, The Wickerlight (The Wren Hunt, #2) by Mary Watson, The Guienevere Deception (Camelot Rising, #1) by Kiersten White, and For a Muse of Fire (For a Muse of Fire, #1) by Heidi Heilig.

Just Finished:

The Wren Hunt

I recently finished reading The Wren Hunt (The Wren Hunt, #1) by Mary Watson.

Reading Next:

The Weight of a Soul

Next, I will be reading The Weight of a Soul by Elizabeth Tammi.

What’s on your WWW Wednesday this week? Be sure to comment below and I’ll check it out!

Book Reviews

The Wren Hunt (The Wren Hunt, #1) by Mary Watson

The Wren HuntTitle: The Wren Hunt (The Wren Hunt, #1)
Author: Mary Watson
Rating: ★★★

Every Christmas, Wren is chased through the woods near her isolated village by her family’s enemies—the Judges—and there’s nothing that she can do to stop it. Once her people, the Augurs, controlled a powerful magic. But now that power lies with the Judges, who are set on destroying her kind for good.

In a desperate bid to save her family, Wren takes a dangerous undercover assignment—as an intern to an influential Judge named Cassa Harkness. Cassa has spent her life researching a transformative spell, which could bring the war between the factions to its absolute end. Caught in a web of deceit, Wren must decide whether or not to gamble on the spell and seal the Augurs’ fate.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect going into this novel. It is based on Celtic folklore, specifically revolving around Stephen’s Day, or Christmas. This was a classic Montague-Capulet rivalry, so if you’re down with that, this is the novel for you.

I would have to argue that I didn’t “like” the relationship between Wren and Tarc. Someone who trains his whole life to protect someone wouldn’t so easily fall in love with someone, especially an enemy. It just wasn’t all that believable to me. Now, if Wren and David fall in love, that would be diabolical and I think I would enjoy that very much. There is something hidden there.

Anyone else imagine the Blaithin to look like this?! haha


The ending was turn after turn after turn and I loved it! I just started Wickerlight and I am loving it so much more than The Wren Hunt right now. So much action right in the beginning! I’m hoping it explores the depth of the rivalry between the Augurs and the Judges, and possibly more of the history.

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November 2019 Wrap Up


Books Read:

Currently Reading:

Subscription Boxes:





  • Went to a Halloween party as Daenerys.


  • Learned how to sew a pillow!


  • Sewed a pillow for the bf (he helped)


  • Volleyball started!
  • Learned how to quilt (my dream forever!)



My Posts:


Tentative TBR:


What books did you read in November?!

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November Physical Book Haul

The Toll (Arc of a Scythe, #3)
Neal Shusterman

*OwlCrate Exclusive Signed Edition, Author Letter


Call Down the Hawk (Dreamer, #1)
Maggie Stiefvater

*OwlCrate Exclusive Signed Edition, Author Letter, Reversible Dust Jacket

A Dress for the Wicked
Autumn Krause

*LitJoy Crate Exclusive Signed Edition, Author Letter, Reversible Dust Jacket, Trading Cards


Shatter the Sky (Shatter the Sky, #1)
Rebecca Wells

*LitJoy Crate Exclusive Signed Edition, Author Letter, Reversible Dust Jacket, Trading Cards


Gita Trelease

*LitJoy Crate Exclusive Signed Edition, Author Letter, Reversible Dust Jacket, Trading Cards


Girls of Storm and Shadow (Girls of Paper and Fire, #2)
Natasha Ngan

*FairyLoot Exclusive Signed Edition, with Sprayed Pages


The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air,#3)
Holly Black

*OwlCrate Exclusive Signed Edition


The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air,#3)
Holly Black

*Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition

Shea Ernshaw

*OwlCrate Exclusive Signed Edition, Sprayed Pages


Animals We Are
Valerie Brandy

*Signed from the Author!


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December Young Adult Subscription Box Spoilers

Defying the Odds

About the box:

This theme is all about characters that have to fight against overwhelming odds – whether it’s to save the world or to protect a loved one! You can expect items inspired by Throne of GlassThe Wrath & The DawnRed RisingThe Priory of the Orange TreeSkyward and Game of Thrones.

We’re also very thrilled to reveal that this box will contain TWO BOOKS!

Our featured book of the month is set in a world where magic is outlawed, and eight criminals are sent on a mission to kill an ancient evil. This edition will have an EXCLUSIVE COVERARTWORK ON THE REVERSE OF THE DUST JACKETEMBOSSING and will be SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR.

The second book is an ADVANCED READING COPY of an exciting March 2020 release that will have an EXCLUSIVE COVER and will come with a SIGNED BOOKPLATE.

We are aiming to ship the December boxes as early as possible, but please note that we cannot guarantee delivery before Christmas.

My Guess:

Eight Will Fall

From Goodreads:

In a land where magic is outlawed, eight criminals led by seventeen-year-old Larkin are sent on a mission to kill an ancient evil that plagues their kingdom. Descending into an underground realm full of unspeakable horrors, Larkin and her party must use their forbidden magic to survive what lies in wait, teeth sharp and jaws deadly.

As she fights for her life, Larkin finds a light in Amias, a fellow outlaw with a notorious past. Soon Larkin and Amias realize their fates are entwined. The eight of them were chosen for a reason.

But as the dangers multiply and her band of felons are picked off one by one, Larkin must confront a terrible truth: They were never meant to return.

Sarah Harian crafts a thrilling, high-octane fantasy adventure that explores the often-thin line between light and darkness, good and evil.

LitJoy Crate
Lost in Austen
October Theme: Fallen Angel

About the Box:

This December, LitJoy is time-traveling back to an age of regency! Didn’t you hear? A new eligible bachelor is in town and we are going to his holiday ball! Celebrate the holidays in everything Austen: from our December Young Adult book, to never-before-included items, everything this month is of upmost quality and beauty. Not a single ribbon will be out of place and all dancers will have partners. Corsets and snooty aunts are definitely not invited! This will be an amiable month indeed!

About the Book

What do petticoats & propriety, mystery & men, romance & regency all have in common? Our December book, that’s what! In a riotous race against time, December’s book protagonist must balance suitors, secure a husband to ensure her family does not fall destitute, and prevent herself from falling victim to one of the mysterious accidents that just keep happening! Of course, her collection of books is still her most amiable companions. This book is practically dripping in all things Austen and the perfect holiday read!

LitJoy Crate Book Customizations

  • Signed by the author
  • Tip-in artwork in the book
  • Reversible Dust Jacket with artwork
  • Author Letter & art print separate from the book

About the Items

Every item in our December crate is inspired by books, characters, and moments written by Jane Austen! You’ll be happy to find

  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Emma
  • Persuasion
  • Northanger Abbey
  • Mansfield Park
  • Sense and Sensibility

December’s Crate is available three ways:

  1. The Full Crate (with book + items)
  2. The Book-Only (with book, no items)
  3. The Item-Only (with items, no book)

The December Lost in Austen Crate ships between December 10th and 15th

We ship internationally.

My Guess:

Dangerous Allianc

From Goodreads:

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue meets Jane Austen in this witty, winking historical romance with a dash of mystery!

Lady Victoria Aston has everything she could want: an older sister happily wed, the future of her family estate secure, and ample opportunity to while her time away in the fields around her home.

But now Vicky must marry—or find herself and her family destitute. Armed only with the wisdom she has gained from her beloved novels by Jane Austen, she enters society’s treacherous season.

Sadly, Miss Austen has little to say about Vicky’s exact circumstances: whether the roguish Mr. Carmichael is indeed a scoundrel, if her former best friend, Tom Sherborne, is out for her dowry or for her heart, or even how to fend off the attentions of the foppish Mr. Silby, he of the unfortunate fashion sensibility.

Most unfortunately of all, Vicky’s books are silent on the topic of the mysterious accidents cropping up around her…ones that could prevent her from surviving until her wedding day.

Tales of Trickery

About the Box:

We’re very excited to be announcing our upcoming December theme early! With the holiday season right around the corner we thought it may help to know both of the November and December themes in advance.

🎭 The theme for December is TALES OF TRICKERY!!
🎭 Our December box is inspired by stories where things are not what they seem. It’s a light hearted and fun box all about characters with tricks up their sleeves, and plot twists that kept you guessing!
🎭 Our book pick for December is a twisted tale inspired by King Arthur. It features an unreliable main character, a dark forest, people in disguise and more. This beloved author has made the story entirely their own and had us guessing until the final page!
🎭 We are including a beautiful exclusive edition, which will have an EXCLUSIVE COVER and EXCLUSIVE FOIL DESIGN on the hardcover! The book will also be SIGNED by the author!
🎭 You will find goodies inspired by Caraval, Sorcery of Thorns, Sky in the Deep, and Grace and Fury (all of which are past OwlCrate books with epic twists and turns!). There will also be a few really cool bookish items that aren’t based off of fandoms.
🎭 Already subscribed to OwlCrate? Your December box will be reserved for you – no need to sign up again. Just make sure your payment info is up to date and your subscription is active, so that you have a successful renewal on December 1st!
🎭 We hope you’re as excited as we are for the December theme. We’re ending the year with a bang and we can’t wait to ship these boxes out!
🎭 graphic by @heyatlascreative

My Guess:

The Guinevere Deception

From Goodreads:

From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes a new fantasy series reimagining the Arthurian legend, set in the magical world of Camelot.

There was nothing in the world as magical and terrifying as a girl.

Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. With magic clawing at the kingdom’s borders, the great wizard Merlin conjured a solution–send in Guinevere to be Arthur’s wife . . . and his protector from those who want to see the young king’s idyllic city fail. The catch? Guinevere’s real name–and her true identity–is a secret. She is a changeling, a girl who has given up everything to protect Camelot.

To keep Arthur safe, Guinevere must navigate a court in which the old–including Arthur’s own family–demand things continue as they have been, and the new–those drawn by the dream of Camelot–fight for a better way to live. And always, in the green hearts of forests and the black depths of lakes, magic lies in wait to reclaim the land. Arthur’s knights believe they are strong enough to face any threat, but Guinevere knows it will take more than swords to keep Camelot free.

Deadly jousts, duplicitous knights, and forbidden romances are nothing compared to the greatest threat of all: the girl with the long black hair, riding on horseback through the dark woods toward Arthur. Because when your whole existence is a lie, how can you trust even yourself?


Are you purchasing any of these boxes?! Do you agree with my guesses or do you think something else?! Comment and let me know! 🙂