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September 2018 LitJoy Crate

LitJoy Crate

SEPTEMBER 2018
SECRETS & SHADOWS

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Tale of the Three Brothers Tote Bag
LitJoy Crate Exclusive

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Harry Potter Patronus Infinity Scarf
LitJoy Exclusive

 

 

 

 

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Zelie – Children of Blood and Bone
Jo Painter

 

 

 

 

 

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Tea Lights Set (set of 6)
LitJoy Crate Exclusive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cat Nail Decals
LitJoy Crate Exclusive

 

 

For a Muse of Fire
Heidi Heilig
A Signed Copy, LitJoy-Exclusive Author Letter, Dust Jacket, Two LitJoy Crate Trading Cards
Karon & Zuzana

 

I absolutely love all of the Harry Potter items 🙂

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Bookish Features

Dreams & Nightmares Special Edition LitJoy Crate

LitJoy Crate

SPECIAL EDITION CRATE
DREAMS & NIGHTMARES

So, this was my test run for unboxing videos, so bare with me (it was probably horrible). I still need to work on angles and everything. However, I figured this method is a lot easier than taking pictures of each item individually. Plus, it’s always nice to see what is in the boxes early. My goal, however, is to unbox is the shortest time possible while still explaining the items. I always found that I wished unboxing videos were shorter. Let’s be real…all we really want to see is the product and not me talking!

ANNOUNCEMENT: I will be taking a break from blogging until January 2019. With that said, I will still be posting unboxing videos. Life is just busy right now and I think a break is in order. But, I’ll be coming at you all hot in 2019. Peace (kissy face).

Book Reviews

Batman and the Justice League Vol 1 by Shiori Teshirogi

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Title: Batman and the Justice League Vol. 1
Author: Scott Snyder (Author), Greg Capullo (Illustrator), Jonathan Glapion (Illustrator)
Rating: ★★★★★

Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the Justice League begin a new mission in these manga tales newly translated for an American audience in Batman & The Justice League Vol. 1!

A young boy from Japan travels to Gotham City on a mission. A year before, his two parents–both scientists–were presumably killed in an expolosion that destroyed an experimental power plant. But the boy believes they may still be alive. At the very least, he’s determined to find out what actually happened. But his quest soon leads to a run-in with some powerful forces–forces that require help from both Batman and the Justice League!

Mangaka Shiori Teshirogi (Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas) creates an exciting new story, combining an authentic Japanese comics approach with the World’s Greatest Superheroes. Translated into English and collected for the Western audience for the first time, collected in standard manga size trim, Batman & The Justice League Vol. 1 is phenomenal entry point for fans of the Justice League and manga alike!

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 I really enjoyed this manga! It was really cool because the American comics are not in manga format, so this was a nice experience. I feel like I’ve been hitting a rough patch lately, so this was a welcomed change. The storyline was great! I also enjoyed that the focus was mainly on Batman and the introduction of Riu.

As the story developed, we see tension brewing between the Joker and Lex Luthor. Let the games begin! We also see the introduction of some of the Justice League forming and some villains, as well.

This manga was super easy to get into and before I knew it, it was over and I was sad 😦 Wasn’t ready for the ending and usually I am. I’m excited to see what the next one has in store!

The expected publication date is October 23, 2018.

 

 

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Waiting on Wednesday – October 17, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta

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From Goodreads:

For Teodora DiSangro, a mafia don’s daughter, family is fate.

All her life, Teodora has hidden the fact that she secretly turns her family’s enemies into music boxes, mirrors, and other decorative objects. After all, everyone in Vinalia knows that stregas—wielders of magic—are figures out of fairytales. Nobody believes they’re real.

Then the Capo, the land’s new ruler, sends poisoned letters to the heads of the Five Families that have long controlled Vinalia. Four lie dead and Teo’s beloved father is gravely ill. To save him, Teo must travel to the capital as a DiSangro son—not merely disguised as a boy, but transformed into one.

Enter Cielo, a strega who can switch back and forth between male and female as effortlessly as turning a page in a book. Teo and Cielo journey together to the capital, and Teo struggles to master her powers and to keep her growing feelings for Cielo locked in her heart. As she falls in love with witty, irascible Cielo, Teo realizes how much of life she’s missed by hiding her true nature. But she can’t forget her mission, and the closer they get to the palace, the more sinister secrets they uncover about what’s really going on in their beloved country—and the more determined Teo becomes to save her family at any cost.

This is a really cool and unique thought! Shapeshifters are sweet and who wouldn’t like a book that talks about the mafia?!

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Waiting on Wednesday – October 10, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

The Light Between Worlds

From Goodreads:

Five years ago, Evelyn and Philippa Hapwell cowered from air strikes in a London bomb shelter. But that night took a turn when the sisters were transported to another realm called the Woodlands. In a forest kingdom populated by creatures out of myth and legend, they found temporary refuge.

When they finally returned to London, nothing had changed at all—nothing, except themselves.

Now, Ev spends her days sneaking into the woods outside her boarding school, wishing for the Woodlands. Overcome with longing, she is desperate to return no matter what it takes.

Philippa, on the other hand, is determined to find a place in this world. She shields herself behind a flawless exterior and countless friends, and moves to America to escape the memory of what was.

But when Evelyn goes missing, Philippa must confront the depth of her sister’s despair and the painful truths they’ve been running from. As the weeks unfold, Philippa wonders if Ev truly did find a way home, or if the weight of their worlds pulled her under.

Instantly thought of Chronicles of Narnia and I love that series.