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February 2020 Young Adult Subscription Box Spoilers


About the box:

We are so excited to reveal the February theme for our monthly box and it is… RULEBREAKERS!

We’ve all got a little bit of a rebellious streak in us, and every now and then we might bend a few rules. This box is inspired by characters that don’t just bend rules — they break them and love to cause a little havoc and mischief!

You can expect a great selection of items inspired by Serpent & Dove, Sorcery of Thorns, Wicked Saints, The Lord of the Rings and Nevernight! We are so excited to reveal that this box will also feature a beautiful CERAMIC MUG with artwork by @merwildandco that fans of Serpent & Dove will not want to miss!

Our featured book of the month is a swoon-worthy Slytherin romance, where the characters have unapologetically questionable morals. The main character has devised a plan to woo and marry the king, only to kill him. This edition will feature an EXCLUSIVE COVERARTWORK ON THE REVERSE OF THE DUST JACKET, EMBOSSING and will be SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR!

My Guess:

The Shadows Between Us

From Goodreads:

Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power:

1) Woo the Shadow King.
2) Marry him.
3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.

No one knows the extent of the freshly crowned Shadow King’s power. Some say he can command the shadows that swirl around him to do his bidding. Others say they speak to him, whispering the thoughts of his enemies. Regardless, Alessandra knows what she deserves, and she’s going to do everything within her power to get it.

But Alessandra’s not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempts on his life are made, she finds herself trying to keep him alive long enough for him to make her his queen—all while struggling not to lose her heart. After all, who better for a Shadow King than a cunning, villainous queen?

LitJoy Crate
Once Upon a Retelling

February Theme: Once Upon a Retelling

About the Box:

Every great story weaves its way into a retelling or two. This February, LitJoy will be blasting off into cyborg fairytales, strapping on platform shoes for a regency remake, watching the final petal fall in the kingdom of fae, and let’s not forget our dangerous dive under the sea! If you love a timeless story and a clever remix, you’ll love our ONCE UPON A RETELLING Crate!

About the Book

In this epic and unexpected retelling, threads of dark magic weave through a tale of banishment, redemption, rebellion, and justice. Our protagonist, rejected and isolated, is offered an opportunity she can’t refuse. But when that errand brings her face-to-face with a charismatic rebel-turned-hero, lines are drawn between her family and where her heart is telling her to go. All along, in the distance a larger enemy is threatening the entire empire’s stability.

LitJoy Crate Book Customizations

  • Signed by the author
  • Reversible Dust Jacket with artwork by @simsamy
  • Author Letter & art print separate from the book

About the Items

In this crate, you’ll find items representing these fandoms:

  • Clueless & Emma
  • Lunar Chronicles
  • ACOTAR & Beauty and the Beast
  • Once Upon a Time
  • To Kill a Kingdom & The Little Mermaid

My Guess:

Night Spinner

From Goodreads:

A must-read for fans of Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse, transforming The Hunchback of Notre Dame into a powerful tundra-inspired epic.

Before the massacre at Nariin, Enebish was one of the greatest warriors in the Sky King’s Imperial Army: a rare and dangerous Night Spinner, blessed with the ability to control the threads of darkness. Now, she is known as Enebish the Destroyer―a monster and murderer, banished to a monastery for losing control of her power and annihilating a merchant caravan.

Guilt stricken and scarred, Enebish tries to be grateful for her sanctuary, until her adoptive sister, Imperial Army commander Ghoa, returns from the war front with a tantalizing offer. If Enebish can capture the notorious criminal, Temujin, whose band of rebels has been seizing army supply wagons, not only will her crimes be pardoned, she will be reinstated as a warrior.

Enebish eagerly accepts. But as she hunts Temujin across the tundra, she discovers the tides of war have shifted, and the supplies he’s stealing are the only thing keeping thousands of shepherds from starving. Torn between duty and conscience, Enebish must decide whether to put her trust in the charismatic rebel or her beloved sister. No matter who she chooses, an even greater enemy is advancing, ready to bring the empire to its knees.

A Power Within

About the Box:

Our February box is all about unique magic systems and characters with amazing inner power! Our book pick for February is a high seas fantasy adventure full of incredible magic, mermaids and monsters, and a main character with a dangerous power unlike any we’ve seen before!

We are including a beautiful exclusive edition of the book which will have an EXCLUSIVE COVER and EXCLUSIVE FOIL DESIGN on the actual hardcover. Our edition will also be SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR!

Items included will be inspired by stories with awesome magic systems – MistbornThe MagiciansTruthwitchThrone of Glass and Wicked Saints!

My Guess:

All the Stars and Teeth

From Goodreads:

Set in a kingdom where danger lurks beneath the sea, mermaids seek vengeance with song, and magic is a choice, Adalyn Grace’s All the Stars and Teeth is a thrilling fantasy for fans of Stephanie Garber’s Caraval and Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series.

She will reign.

As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer—the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic.

When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, if she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic.

But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder—and more peril—than Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she’ll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stow-away she never expected… or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever.

I am the right choice. The only choice. And I will protect my kingdom.

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

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First Lines Friday – January 24, 2020

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!

Long before blood poured from flesh,
and breath clung to bone,
before the ancient runes were ground to glass
to shift shapes in the aether,
back when mothers whispered truths
cloasked as one-upon-a-times,
Know this, little ones, they said.
When day breaks, frost becomes a flame.
When dusk falls, beasts become the prey.
And when the moon is weeping,
the witches do their reaping.

– Addi proverb



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Title: Tears of Frost (Heart of Thorns, #2)
Author: Bree Barton
Rating: ★★★★★

The electric second book in the Heart of Thorns trilogy explores the effects of power in a dark magical kingdom—and the fierce courage it takes to claim your body as your own.

Mia Rose is back from the dead. Her memories are hazy, her body numb—but she won’t stop searching. Her only hope to save the boy she loves and the sister who destroyed her is to find the mother she can never forgive. Pilar is on a hunt of her own. Betrayed by her mother, and plagued by a painful secret, she’s determined to seek out the only person who can exact revenge. All goes according to plan… until she collides with Prince Quin, the boy whose sister she killed.

As Mia, Pilar, and Quin forge dangerous new alliances, they are bewitched by the snow kingdom’s promise of freedom and opportunity. But with the winter solstice drawing near, they must confront the truth beneath the glimmering ice, as lines between friend, foe, and lover vanish like snowflakes on a flame.

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WWW Wednesday – January 22, 2020

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 Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto and A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. I am currently listening to The Lost Letters of William Woolf by Helen Cullen.

Just Finished:


I recently finished reading Given by Nandi Taylor.

Reading Next:

Next, I will be reading The Blizzard Bride by Susanne Dietze and Heart of Flames by Nicki Pau Preto.

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

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[BLOG TOUR] Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

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Welcome to my stop on the Tweet Cute book tour! Thank you to Wednesday Books for organizing the tour and allowing me to participate as a tour stop!


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Author: Elizabeth Tammi
Pub. Date: January 21, 2020
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Genre: Young Adult
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&N, TBD, Google Books, Macmillan

Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming — mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account.


Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time.


All’s fair in love and cheese — that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life — on an anonymous chat app Jack built.


As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate — people on the internet are shipping them?? — their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected.


Tweet Cute is a light-hearted romance novel featuring an enemies-to-lovers couple, a Twitter competition, and grilled cheese.

Initially, this reminded me of A Cinderella Story, which is one of my favorite movies of all time. We have a “diner girl” who is kind of a nobody. A school dating chat app exists where students don’t know who they’re conversing with until a certain random time in the future. However, Pepper doesn’t know that the boy she is chatting with is also her arch-nemesis and the one she has been in the Twitter war with. Jack, brother to the “popular kid” in school happens to be the guy who created the app and has been tweeting Pepper back.

Tweet Cute is a fast-paced, witty, sarcastic, and “cheesy” enemies-to-lovers story that is perfect for readers looking for a light read.




Emma Lord is a digital media editor and writer living in New York City, where she spends whatever time she isn’t writing either running or belting show tunes in community theater. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a major in psychology and a minor in how to tilt your computer screen so nobody will notice you updating your fan fiction from the back row. She was raised on glitter, grilled cheese, and a whole lot of love. Her sun sign is Hufflepuff, but she is a Gryffindor rising. TWEET CUTE is her debut novel. You can find her geeking out online at @dilemmalord on Twitter.

Follow Emma:
Instagram | Twitter


Tweet Cute delivers in every possible way: a perfect enemies-to-lovers romance, a whip-smart plotline, and endearingly real characters. I devoured it.”

– Francesca Zappia, author of Eliza and Her Monsters


“Sweet and fun! An adorable debut that updates a classic romantic trope with a buzzy twist.”

– Jenn Bennett, author of Alex, Approximately and Serious Moonlight


“A witty rom-com reinvention for the Twitter age, Tweet Cute pairs delicious online rivalry with deeply relatable insights on family pressure and growing up. This fresh, funny read had us hitting ‘favorite’ from page one.”

– Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka, authors of Always Never Yours and If I’m Being Honest

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Six for Sunday – January 19, 2020

#SixforSunday is a weekly meme hosted by Steph @ A Little But a Lot.

Six Books People Associate with Me

1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J. K. Rowling
This series and I have been tight before the movies came out.

2. Lone Survivor, Marcus Luttrell
America! I have a heart-shaped American flag tattoo on my shoulder, actually, probably anything American flag you can think of.

3. An Anonymous Girl, Greer Hendrick and Sarah Pekkanen
I feel like I was one of the first people on Goodreads that I follow to find this gem.

4. A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin
I was into this before the TV show came out and introduced it to a ton of people.

5. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis
Not to brag or anything, but I may have a handwritten letter from William Moseley (the guy who plays Peter) from middle school.

6. The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien
This may be the most read book for me besides Pride & Prejudice.

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OwlCrate January 2020 “Vengeance Will Be Mine” Box



Ceramic Mug
Inspired by Harry Potter
Cara Kozik



Inspired by Crooked Kingdom
Out of Print






Pocket Mirror
Inspired by Nevernight
Team OwlCrate


Inspired by Children of Blood and Bone
A Court of Candles












Pin Banner
Inspired by The Hobbit
In the Reads





Scavenge the Stars
Exclusive Signed Edition, Author Letter, and Unique Cover
Tara Sim



Enamel Pin
Inspired by Scavenge the Stars
Forensics and Flowers








Did you get the OwlCrate January 2020 “Vengeance Will Be Mine” Box?
What did you think? I think this was my favorite book box I’ve ever received!