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Six for Sunday – May 3, 2020

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

Favorite Book 1 in Series

1. The Gilded Wolves, Roshani Chokshi

2. Crown of Feathers, Nicki Pau Preto

3. The Selection, Kiera Cass

4. Shadow of the Fox, Julie Kagawa

5. Girls of Paper and Fire, Natasha Ngan

6. Caraval, Stephanie Garber

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First Lines Friday – May 1, 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!

The first breath of air Marcus takes in another realm feels like lightning. Human lungs aren’t built for this world, for Byrn. He doesn’t know how long he has before they give up and he needs to stagger back through the shining doorway back to Haven.




Title: Havenfall (Havenfall, #1)
Author: Sara Holland
Rating: ★★★★

A safe haven between four realms. The girl sworn to protect it–at any cost.

Hidden deep in the mountains of Colorado lies the Inn at Havenfall, a sanctuary that connects ancient worlds–each with their own magic–together. For generations, the inn has protected all who seek refuge within its walls, and any who disrupt the peace can never return.

For Maddie Morrow, summers at the inn are more than a chance to experience this magic first-hand. Havenfall is an escape from reality, where her mother sits on death row accused of murdering Maddie’s brother. It’s where Maddie fell in love with handsome Fiorden soldier Brekken. And it’s where one day she hopes to inherit the role of Innkeeper from her beloved uncle.

But this summer, the impossible happens–a dead body is found, shattering everything the inn stands for. With Brekken missing, her uncle gravely injured, and a dangerous creature on the loose, Maddie suddenly finds herself responsible for the safety of everyone in Havenfall. She’ll do anything to uncover the truth, even if it means working together with an alluring new staffer Taya, who seems to know more than she’s letting on. As dark secrets are revealed about the inn itself, one thing becomes clear to Maddie–no one can be trusted, and no one is safe . . .

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May 2020 Young Adult Subscription Box Spoilers

Desert Dreams


About the box:

We’re so excited to reveal the May theme for our monthly box and it is… DESERT DREAMS!
This month, we’re getting swept away in lands filled with fairy tales, magic and djinn! Put the kettle on and brew yourself a sweet mint tea to prepare for a dreamy adventure, from palaces to sand dunes to magic oasis’! We’ve never done a theme quite like this in the past, and we are so excited for the goodies and the book in this box.
You can expect items inspired by We Hunt The Flame, The City of Brass, An Ember in the Ashes, Rebel of the Sands, The Forbidden Wish and more! There will be a fantastic selection of items – some of which we have never featured in a FairyLoot box before! We are thrilled to reveal that this box will include an exclusive candle by the one and only @wickandfable.
Our featured book of the month is a captivating story inspired by Persian mythology. In this original fairy tale, a girl is cursed to be poisonous to the touch, and it truly is a gem. This FairyLoot exclusive edition will have an EXCLUSIVE COVER, SPRAYED EDGES, ARTWORK ON THE REVERSE OF THE DUST JACKET and will be SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR!
This box is available now for new subscriptions and single purchases will be available on April 15th at 1pm GMT.
If you already have a subscription you can sit back and relax – you will automatically get this box! 😎

My Guess:

Girl, Serpent, Thorn

From Goodreads:

A captivating and utterly original fairy tale about a girl cursed to be poisonous to the touch, and who discovers what power might lie in such a curse…

There was and there was not, as all stories begin, a princess cursed to be poisonous to the touch. But for Soraya, who has lived her life hidden away, apart from her family, safe only in her gardens, it’s not just a story.

As the day of her twin brother’s wedding approaches, Soraya must decide if she’s willing to step outside of the shadows for the first time. Below in the dungeon is a demon who holds knowledge that she craves, the answer to her freedom. And above is a young man who isn’t afraid of her, whose eyes linger not with fear, but with an understanding of who she is beneath the poison.

Soraya thought she knew her place in the world, but when her choices lead to consequences she never imagined, she begins to question who she is and who she is becoming…human or demon. Princess or monster.

LitJoy Crate
Academy of the Bookish and Bewitching

February Crate Theme: Once Upon a Retelling; Art by Micheline Ryckman @whimsicalillustration

About the Box:

Summer’s on the way, but at LitJoy, school is in session! This May, LitJoy is heading to a campus where bloodlust is the norm. We’ll get in with the right crowd from Aglionby. We hear Yale is lovely this time of year—that is when you can keep out of trouble with the Houses. You’ll have to tolerate the humans as you head back to high school in small town Forks, WA. And you may even find love in the most unexpected places as you “carry on” through the school year! Yes, May’s 🎒🏫ACADEMY FOR THE BOOKISH AND BEWITCHING🔮✨ crate is packed full of your favorite magical schools, academies, training camps, and colleges!

About the Book

In a heartfelt tale of friendship, first love, and magic, three high school students find that Senior year might look a little different than they planned! Magic is not widely accepted, though it remains a key component of these three characters’ friendship and connection. That is, until it puts them in great danger and threatens to not only ruin their friendship, but their lives. Dive into summer with this enticing, romantic, and magical read!

LitJoy Crate Book Customizations

  • Signed by the author
  • Reversible dust jacket artwork by
  • Tip-in page artwork by
  • Author Letter & art print separate from the book

About the Items

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

  • Vampire Academy
  • The Raven Cycle
  • Ninth House
  • Carry On
  • Twilight
  • Harry Potter

My Guess:

The Fascinators

From Goodreads:

A magic-infused YA novel about friendship, first love, and feeling out of place that will bewitch fans of Rainbow Rowell and Maggie Stiefvater.

Living in a small town where magic is frowned upon, Sam needs his friends James and Delia—and their time together in their school’s magic club—to see him through to graduation.

But as soon as senior year starts, little cracks in their group begin to show. Sam may or may not be in love with James. Delia is growing more frustrated with their amateur magic club. And James reveals that he got mixed up with some sketchy magickers over the summer, putting a target on all their backs.

With so many fault lines threatening to derail his hopes for the year, Sam is forced to face the fact that the very love of magic that brought his group together is now tearing them apart—and there are some problems that no amount of magic can fix.

Rebels with a Cause


About the Box:

We’re so excited to reveal the theme for our upcoming May box…REBELS WITH A CAUSE!
🔥 The book we’ve chosen for May is a fantasy reimagining of 15th century Spain! It features a crew of rebels fighting for what’s right at all costs. It’s incredibly fast paced, with twists and turns you’ll never see coming, all the way until the heart-stopping conclusion. We fell in love with this story of grit and determination and we know you will too!
🔥 We are including an awesome exclusive edition of the book, which will have a very different EXCLUSIVE COVER. The book will also be SIGNED and come with a letter from the author.
🔥 There will be items inspired by An Ember in the Ashes, Heart of Iron, The Bone Season and more. One extra little hint we’ll give you now is that this box will include a SECOND BOOK! We can’t wait to share more sneak peeks in the coming weeks!
🔥 May REBELS WITH A CAUSE boxes are available now for new subscribers! Visit to grab yours!
🔥 If you’re already an OwlCrate subscriber your May box is reserved for you, you don’t need to sign up again. Just make sure your payment information is up to date so that your renewal goes through successfully on May 1st.
🔥 The May box is going to be such a fun one! It’s filled with items that are both useful and decorative. And TWO BOOKS! Perfect for when we’re all needing to stay indoors more. We hope you’re as excited as we are! May boxes are currently on schedule to ship as normal around May 15-20th.

My Guess:


From Goodreads:

I am Renata Convida.
I have lived a hundred stolen lives.
Now I live my own.

Renata Convida was only a child when she was kidnapped by the King’s Justice and brought to the luxurious palace of Andalucia. As a Robari, the rarest and most feared of the magical Moria, Renata’s ability to steal memories from royal enemies enabled the King’s Wrath, a siege that resulted in the deaths of thousands of her own people.

Now Renata is one of the Whispers, rebel spies working against the crown and helping the remaining Moria escape the kingdom bent on their destruction. The Whispers may have rescued Renata from the palace years ago, but she cannot escape their mistrust and hatred–or the overpowering memories of the hundreds of souls she turned “hollow” during her time in the palace.

When Dez, the commander of her unit, is taken captive by the notorious Sangrado Prince, Renata will do anything to save the boy whose love makes her place among the Whispers bearable. But a disastrous rescue attempt means Renata must return to the palace under cover and complete Dez’s top secret mission. Can Renata convince her former captors that she remains loyal, even as she burns for vengeance against the brutal, enigmatic prince? Her life and the fate of the Moria depend on it.

But returning to the palace stirs childhood memories long locked away. As Renata grows more deeply embedded in the politics of the royal court, she uncovers a secret in her past that could change the entire fate of the kingdom–and end the war that has cost her everything.

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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WWW Wednesday – April 29, 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:

The Silvered Serpents

I am currently reading The Silvered Serpents (The Gilded Wolves, #2) by Roshani Chokshi.

Just Finished:

The Gilded Wolves

I recently finished reading The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1) by Roshani Chokshi.

Reading Next:

The Court of Miracles

Next, I will be reading The Court of Miracles (A Court of Miracles, #1) by Kester Grant.

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

Book Reviews

The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1) by Roshani Chokshi

The Gilded WolvesTitle: The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves,  #1)
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Rating: ★★★

This edition from Owlcrate is signed and has an exclusive cover.

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.

I’m always a little skeptical going into novels placed in Paris. For some reason, books set in Paris and I do not get along. Probably, mostly due to the lavish descriptions included in the novels. Hey, I’m simple, so just get to the point.

Severin: French-Algerian. Leader of the group. Supposed heir to House Vanth. 

Tristan: Severin’s foster brother. Botanist. Pet tarantula Goliath (yikes!).

Laila: India. Chef. Dancer. Can read objects.

Enrique: Spanish-Filipino. Historian. Bi. 

Zofia: Jewish-Polish. Lab rat. Autistic? OCD. 

Hypnos: French-African-descent. Heir to House Nyx. Enemy to friend.


Things I Liked:

  1. I LOVED the aspect of the Seven Deadly Sins cast as Severin’s fathers. That was such an interesting aspect for someone to experience who pretty much lost everything in his life. In this aspect, he thinks the answer is black-and-white when it comes to those emotions, but we see his character start to grow throughout the novel. I think the ending left Severin feeling empty, but we will be seeing his character growth a lot in The Silvered Serpents.
  2. The gang. These friends have each others’ backs, even if it means putting their lives at stake! Give me some friends like that. They are all so different, and honestly, I liked all of this, which is rare for me.
  3. Zofia. She is probably the most similar to me. What I loved most about her is that the Polish are represented! Five five, y’all. I rarely read books where Polish people are represented in a positive light. My mom immigrated here legally from Poland, so it is nice to be represented. She shares my godmother’s name, and for me, was the most “normal”. She is the only one still connected with a family.


Things I Didn’t Like:

  1. Magic System. Wait! I did like the magic system, but I don’t feel like it was explained enough for the reader to understand. I would like to know the differences, how they are formed, and more about the history of the Houses and the unique abilities each House wields. A prequel about the history of the Houses would be amazing.
  2. Predictable. The end wasn’t really a surprise to me with how things went. I won’t go into spoilers. But Severin’s situation didn’t surprise me at all. And every time a heist was taking place, it never went like it was supposed to. Normally, I would like that, but things going wrong was the normal, so I wanted to see things run smoothly for once.
  3. The beginning. I had such a hard time getting into the novel. Once I did, it was amazing and I appreciated every minute.


The Gilded Wolves is a story about magic, vengeance, and friendship. People who enjoy heists and a loyal gang of misfits will love this novel.

Bookish Features

First Lines Friday – April 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!

Sweet sixteen is when the claws come out.



Foul is Fair

Title: Foul is Fair
Author: Hannah Capin
Rating: ★★★★

Hannah Capin’s Foul is Fair is a bloody, thrilling revenge fantasy for the girls who have had enough. Golden boys beware: something wicked this way comes.

Jade and her friends Jenny, Mads, and Summer rule their glittering LA circle. Untouchable, they have the kind of power other girls only dream of. Every party is theirs and the world is at their feet. Until the night of Jade’s sweet sixteen, when they crash a St. Andrew’s Prep party. The night the golden boys choose Jade as their next target.

They picked the wrong girl.

Sworn to vengeance, Jade transfers to St. Andrew’s Prep. She plots to destroy each boy, one by one. She’ll take their power, their lives, and their control of the prep school’s hierarchy. And she and her coven have the perfect way in: a boy named Mack, whose ambition could turn deadly.