When to Put the Book Down

I used to be the person that never put books down. I would trudge through a book and wallow in despair about how much time I wasted, but about 2 years ago I started to “DNF” books. I still give every book a valiant effort and don’t put an arbitrary number (100 pages, 25%, etc.) on it, but if I find myself dreading the book or trying to avoid reading I know it’s time to give up.

 

^^ – That is usually what happens, but every once in a while I find a book where the characters annoy me so much (looking at you After the Ending) or is about a subject matter that I just can’t continue to read. The latter is what sparked this post today.

***TRIGGER WARNING*** – Rape, Kidnapping, Violence


Last week I started reading Twist Me, a dark romance. 

Spoilers for the book ahead. Proceed at your own risk of being spoiled.

 

“Will you ever let me go?” 
“No, Nora,” he replies, and I can feel his smile in the darkness. “Never.” 

On the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Nora Leston meets Julian Esguerra, and her life changes forever. Stolen away to a private island, she finds herself at the mercy of a powerful, dangerous man whose touch makes her burn.

A man whose obsession with her knows no bounds.

Her enigmatic captor is as cruel as he is beautiful, yet it’s his tenderness that devastates her most. Drawn into his violent world, Nora must find a way to adapt and survive—and find light within the darkness.”


Shortly into the first book Nora is kidnapped by Julian Esguerra and whisked away to a private island. Julian is NOT a good guy. He is not your misunderstood redeemable villain. He rapes Nora the day after she brings her to the island and inflicts pain she does not ask for. This is not a healthy BDSM sexual relationship in which a safe word and trust is established, and often Nora is unaware how much Julian will do to her or what is happening. There is scene after scene of Nora crying into the pillow or the mattress as Julian hits her with a belt and penetrates her (in various places) without her permission. Despite her reluctance, Nora feels pleasure and often climaxes during the sexual encounters. Nora knows this “relationship” with her captor is unhealthy, and maybe for some readers that acknowledgement is enough, but I couldn’t get past it.

I have been a victim of sexual abuse and rape, but am not usually bothered more than the average person by scenes in movies or books depicting rape (thank you years of therapy). I just can’t continue to read this book though. I finished the first book in the series and got through about half of the second. I’m not sure why I continued for so long; maybe I was hoping Julian would develop into something other than an abusive asshole? IDK. One scene finally put me over the edge though and I had to stop reading. The scene that did it was

SPOILER…………….

when Nora made Julian mad by flinching at someone calling her Mrs. Esguerra (oh, did I mention he forced her to marry him by threatening her friend’s life?). He “punishes” her by making her perform oral sex on him an then bending her over and (WITHOUT HER CONSENT or any more lubrication than her own saliva) thrusts into her anus. This is followed by him choking her until she almost passes out – again, without her consent – and being filled with the fear that he will kill her. 

Page 264: Twist Me Trilogy by Anna Zaires

I can’t. While BDSM isn’t something I personally partake in, I don’t mind reading about it. I cannot read about what I interpret is an abusive relationship masked as a romance. I can’t read about a character who is raped repeatedly, belittled and demeaned, and comes out of each encounter as “I know it’s wrong but I liked it”. After each violent episode Nora exhibits prototypical behavior of  an abused person – she makes excuses and says things like (paraphrasing here) I separate the good from the bad, I know he cares for me, etc. If this was a story about how Nora eventually gets away from her abuser I could handle it, but instead it is sensationalized and re-branded as “love”, in my opinion. I’m done. 


I want to add: I am not trying to shame someone who does love this book. I have read other dark romances and enjoyed them (Impossible Series), but Twist me just really bothered me. The controlling behavior of Julian and continued raping of Nora was too much, and maybe because of my past I am a little triggered by him. *shrugs*


Now, on to more enjoyable books 🙂 Thanks for reading!

Favorite Book Quotes

Hey everyone!

I was going to participate in top 10 Tuesday today, but I wasn’t really connecting with the topic so I decided to just share some of my favorite book quotes with you. 🙂

The quotes were compiled and set to background images by me; the background images were taken from Pexels.com (a source for free stock photos). 


I know I have raved about this author and her books so much already, but I can’t get enough of her writing. This particular scene was when a character was being attacked. As a survivor myself, I feel like this quote perfectly captures the hopelessness that someone can feel in the midst of this situation. This quote still brings tears to my eyes. For my review on this series (I CANNOT RECOMMEND IT ENOUGH!) click here. The first book in the series is FREE right now on Amazon!

 



I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology so reading books that focus on how characters develop in apocalyptic situations has always fascinated me. I love Zombie Apocalypse books, and Until the End of the World (mentioned in the first quote) and Fleming’s second series (Mordacious) are great ones in that genre. My review for Mordacious is here


I’m not going to get political (I need at least one area of my life to be a politics free zone), but this message is one that I really try to live by and raise my children to live by as well.

One of my favorite non-book quotes is “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” by Martin Luther King, Jr. I feel like these two quotes are related. 


While this wasn’t my favorite book, I love this quote. 


And lastly, who doesn’t love a little knowledge bomb from Dr. Seuss?


Books mentioned above are available for purchase from Amazon.

 

Updates and Thoughts

Happy First Day of Fall, Y’all!


How are you celebrating the first day of fall? I had a Salted Caramel Latte from Starbucks and protested this 90 degree F day by wearing a sweater (notice the pregnant belly below, as evidence to why I have not been as active lately). 

Speaking of pregnancy. Wowzers. This one has really taken a toll on me. I was diagnosed with Hyperemesis Gravidarium recently – if it sounds familiar, it’s probably because you heard about Duchess Kate having it. Mine is more of a “mild” case in comparison to some women who spend weeks or months in the hospital, have a PICC line placed to administer meds and fluids, etc., but has been rather debilitating for me nonetheless. If you want a more detailed description for HG click here. As a result of HG early in my pregnancy I was unable to read a lot, but the past couple weeks I have started to be able to read again. I’m still perpetually nauseous, but not throwing up as much and thus, able to read again!  *happy dance*


So, what have I been reading? Well, mostly some historical romance (because these pregnancy hormones, ya know 😉) and of course, TOWER OF DAWN *screams*. I am hoping to eventually be able to do a full review of ToD, because you guys. It. was.awesome. A quick run-down of what I’ve read in the last couple weeks is below.

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Cold-Hearted Rake 

A twist of fate . . .

Devon Ravenel, London’s most wickedly charming rake, has just inherited an earldom. But his powerful new rank in society comes with unwanted responsibilities . . . and more than a few surprises. His estate is saddled with debt, and the late earl’s three innocent sisters are still occupying the house . . . along with Kathleen, Lady Trenear, a beautiful young widow whose sharp wit and determination are a match for Devon’s own.

A clash of wills . . .

Kathleen knows better than to trust a ruthless scoundrel like Devon. But the fiery attraction between them is impossible to deny—and from the first moment Devon holds her in his arms, he vows to do whatever it takes to possess her. As Kathleen finds herself yielding to his skillfully erotic seduction, only one question remains:

Can she keep from surrendering her heart to the most dangerous man she’s ever known?

 

Marrying Winterborne

A ruthless tycoon
Savage ambition has brought common-born Rhys Winterborne vast wealth and success. In business and beyond, Rhys gets exactly what he wants. And from the moment he meets the shy, aristocratic Lady Helen Ravenel, he is determined to possess her. If he must take her virtue to ensure she marries him, so much the better…

A sheltered beauty
Helen has had little contact with the glittering, cynical world of London society. Yet Rhys’s determined seduction awakens an intense mutual passion. Helen’s gentle upbringing belies a stubborn conviction that only she can tame her unruly husband. As Rhys’s enemies conspire against them, Helen must trust him with her darkest secret. The risks are unthinkable…the reward, a lifetime of incomparable bliss. And it all begins with…

Marrying Mr. Winterborne

 

Devil in Spring

An eccentric wallflower…

Most debutantes dream of finding a husband. Lady Pandora Ravenel has different plans. The ambitious young beauty would much rather stay at home and plot out her new board game business than take part in the London Season. But one night at a glittering society ball, she’s ensnared in a scandal with a wickedly handsome stranger.

A cynical rake…

After years of evading marital traps with ease, Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent, has finally been caught-by a rebellious girl who couldn’t be less suitable. In fact, she wants nothing to do with him. But Gabriel finds the high-spirited Pandora irresistible. He’ll do whatever it takes to possess her, even if their marriage of convenience turns out to be the devil’s own bargain.

A perilous plot…

After succumbing to Gabriel’s skilled and sensuous persuasion, Pandora agrees to become his bride. But soon she discovers that her entrepreneurial endeavors have accidentally involved her in a dangerous conspiracy — and only her husband can keep her safe. As Gabriel protects her from their unknown adversaries, they realize their devil’s bargain may just turn out to be a match made in heaven…

Historical Romances have never really been my thing, but I really enjoyed all of these. I may look into more Lisa Kleypas books. 


And then, obviously:

Tower of Dawn 

Since it’s a sequel I won’t put in the book description, but as I said above – I loved it! I know Chaol is a hotly debated character in the fandom, as most people either love him or hate him, but I adore him! I give it a 5/5. It’s my second favorite book SJM has written (behind ACOMAF). 


Other reviews of the Throne of Glass series on my blog:

Throne of Glass 4/5 stars

Crown of Midnight 5/5 stars

Heir of Fire 4/5 stars

Queen of Shadows – didn’t do a review here because it was my least favorite in the series and just couldn’t muster up the fucks to write a review. 2/5 stars

Empire of Storms 4/5 stars


Well that about wraps it up for now, thank you so much for reading and sticking with my [very poorly managed for the last few months] blog! I promise I am trying to blog more and check everyone else’s blog more as well! 

Update and why I’ve been MIA

I honestly don’t even know where and how to start this post because so much has happened over the past few months so I’m just going to dig right in by showing you 🙂

The picture is my own, but I bought the calendar from FrankandBunnylove on Etsy (follow this link to see her great shop!)

I am currently 17 weeks pregnant! My husband and I had been trying for almost a year, and with previous fertility issues we are over the moon excited for our newest little one. 

This pregnancy has been hard though y’all (actual picture of me below). 

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But seriously, My first pregnancy was pretty “easy” as far as pregnancies go; the birth story where I almost died is another story, but the pregnancy itself was smooth until the last few weeks. My second pregnancy was a little more complicated than the first, but I had no morning sickness and definitely had that coveted “pregnancy glow”.  

This pregnancy has been another story altogether. I have been considered “high risk” from the beginning because of health issues caused by my first two pregnancies, which we expected. I did not expect the crippling “morning sickness” (in quotes because if you have ever experienced this, it is most definitely more of “all day – 24/7 perpetual state of nausea and vomiting sickness“).  By the time I was 14 weeks I had lost about 20 pounds because I can’t keep anything down, but I have been sitting at that weight for the last few weeks so I am hoping the losing weight portion of it is over. The nausea/vomiting several times a day is still present, but I’m holding out hope that it will go away soon (apparently denial and delusions of grandeur are also symptoms of this pregnancy 😂).

On top of the sickness (or because of it) I have developed headaches that make it almost impossible to concentrate, especially on screens, books, etc. This has obviously impacted my ability to read and review for my blog, but honestly, the exhaustion has been a huge reason why I have been on a hiatus for so long. Another contributing factor for me not posting is because of my depression. I have been pretty open on my blog  (see here and here) about my depression in the past and would like to continue to do so. I have recently lost a lot of joy in the things I love to do so much: reading, blogging, interacting with fellow bloggers, and bookstagramming. I think the combination of not being on meds right now, being unable to eat anything of significance, not being able to go to the gym (because of my nausea – lets just say the dead-lift floor at my gym will always remind me of the smell of vomit and sweat Image result for sick emoji), and pregnancy hormones are taking their toll on me. Honestly, I have been trying to post this for a while now, but just couldn’t find the motivation. 

If you’re still with me – thank you! I am trying to find joy in the things I used to so I decided my first step is to begin blogging again. My goal at this point is to post at least once a week. Because the headaches are still impacting my ability to read much, they may be weekly memes and such for now.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for following my blog. 

Book Blitz – Amnesia by Cambria Hebert

I don’t normally do Book Blitz posts, but I knew I had to read this book as soon as I read the synopsis. I already picked up my copy, get yours here today!



Amnesia
Cambria Hebert
Publication date: June 12th 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

I washed ashore in a little lake town.
A place where everyone knows everyone, yet…
No one knows me.
I don’t know me.
If a woman doesn’t know her own name, does she really exist?
I don’t know my natural hair color, my birthdate, or where I live.
I am invisible.
To everyone, to everything, even to myself.
Except to him.
I see the recognition deep in his stare, the way it lingers on my face as if I’m a puzzle he’s desperate to put together.
I just want answers, the truth… knowledge.
His lips are sealed. Still, his eyes beguile me.
I can’t trust anyone, not even myself. Someone wants me dead, the same someone who tried to bury me in a watery grave.
They’ll come for me again… I won’t know their face.
I don’t even know mine.
I am amnesia.

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EXCERPT:

Slivers of light pricked my eyelids, which up until this moment seemed far too heavy to lift. As I lay against something soft at my back, thought and awareness barely registered.

The gritty feeling as I struggled to raise my eyelids scraped and burned over my eyeballs as if warning me it wasn’t a good idea. Swallowing past the sandpaper in my throat, I stopped working and lay still. Cognizance slowly came forward in the form of something weighing me down and the echo of footsteps nearby.

Adrenaline jackknifed through me, and my body arched upward with the force of my gasp. The weight of whatever held me caused severe panic to fill me, and I began to fight against it.

“No!” I screamed, flailing about, trying to escape the binds. “Let me go!”

High-pitched beeping filled my ears, and the footsteps I’d heard grew more insistent and much closer.

He was coming!

“No!” I screamed.

Strong hands grabbed my arms and pinned me down. I tried to fight back, but they were much stronger than me. Kicking my legs, I tried to free them, but even more weight came down, holding them still until I was gasping for breath and ready to beg.

“Please!” I pleaded as wetness coated my cheeks. It made me realize the grittiness under my lids was rinsed away, and my eyes sprang open.

A man was leaning over me. He had graying hair and wore some kind of white shirt. The scream that ripped right out of me scared us both.

More hands and voices came out of nowhere, and I thrashed around again.

“Miss!” the man yelled. “Miss, calm down.”

“Get away from me!” I screamed again.

“Miss!” another voice yelled, a woman this time. Turning in her direction, I saw a pair of kind brown eyes staring at me. “We aren’t trying to hurt you.”

I calmed some, but the thundering of my heart made me feel as if I might spiral out of control. “You aren’t?”

“No.” The woman, who was also dressed in white, spoke. “You’re at a hospital. You were in an accident.”

“W-what?” I stammered, collapsing back against the bed, no longer straining against the binds.

“You’re at a hospital.”

“You’re trying to hold me down!” I accused.

“We don’t want you to hurt yourself.” the woman explained. The hands, even the man’s, remained.

“I don’t like it,” I admitted, recoiling.

The man straightened, stepping back. The nurse was slower to withdraw, but she did so after a few seconds.

“My legs,” I rasped. Suddenly, my throat hurt.

“It’s just the blankets.”

A quick glance down proved I was covered with blankets. Between suspicious glances at the people crowding my room (there were four), I gazed around, concluding I was in fact in a hospital.

“I don’t understand,” I admitted, all my weight pressing into the bed.

“It’s okay,” the man replied. He was a doctor, with a name badge and a stethoscope. “It’s completely normal and expected to be confused after the ordeal you’ve been through.”

“What ordeal?” I asked instantly, anxiety pressing in on my ribcage.

“We were hoping you could tell us,” the doctor said.

“What?” My brows furrowed.

The nurse leaned close, over the side of the bed. I noticed the railings were pulled up on each side. It made me feel as if I were in jail. Instantly, I hated it and began shoving at the bars, trying to push them down.

“Okay, hang on,” the nurse said and put the rails down. Once it was done, she pinned me with an insistent stare. “You have to stay still. You can’t thrash around. You’ll rip out your IV and reinjure yourself.”

“What happened to me?” I asked for what felt like the fifteenth time. I looked around at the four people in the room, hoping one of them would just spit it out.

The doctor motioned to two of the nurses and then quietly left the room.

I glanced back at the nurse. “Can you tell us your name?” she asked.

“My name?” I nodded once, then opened my mouth… only nothing came out.

Anxiety spiked in me again; I started to become agitated. “I… don’t know.”

“Calm down.” The nurse reminded me.

How dare she tell me to calm down? I couldn’t even remember my name.

Oh my God, I didn’t know my own name!

“I don’t remember!” I gasped, jerking up into a sitting position. “Why can’t I remember?”

Before I could fling the covers off and jump out of bed, the doctor was there, pinning me back down. “If you don’t calm down, we’ll have to sedate you. I don’t want to do that. You’ve been out long enough.”

I stilled. “How long?”

“A while.” The nurse hedged.

I ignored her. She was terrible with questions. “How long?” I demanded.

“A little over two months,” the doctor replied.

I gasped. “What’s my name?” I yelled.

I’d been here for two months and they were asking for my name? Shouldn’t they know it?

The doctor wasn’t looking at me; he was looking at the nurse, giving her a curt nod. She rushed out of the room.

“No!” I shouted. “No drugs! Please! Tell me my name. I just want to know my name.”

“You need to calm down. You’ve had a great deal of trauma, miss.”

I dropped back against the pillow, boneless. He called me miss. “You don’t know my name, do you?” I asked, meek.

Sensing all my energy was drained away, he moved back. A frown pulled at his lips. “You were brought in with no identification.” He began.

Fear unlike anything I’d ever felt wrapped around my heart and squeezed. I searched every corner of my mind for something. Anything.

There was nothing.

“I don’t remember…” I whispered.

The doctor seemed to soften. “I know this must be very scary, to wake up and be so disoriented.”

I laughed, but it wasn’t a humorous sound. I wished I were disoriented right then.

“You’ve been through a lot. Give it a few days. Now that you’re awake, your mind will catch up and you will remember.”

“I will?” I asked.

“There’s a good chance.”

Disappointment speared me. “If I don’t?”

“Let’s take it one day at a time.” He placated me.

“Easy for you to say. You know your name.”

A ghost of a smile appeared on his face. “Time.” He reminded me.

The nurse came through the door, holding a syringe, and I cringed away.

“I don’t think we’re going to need that,” the doctor told her.

I let out an audible sigh.

He glanced around again. “Now that you’re awake, I’ll get you down for testing.”

“What kind of testing?” I asked.

“Routine stuff for someone who’s been in a coma.”

Nothing about this was routine. I was in coma… for two months. And I didn’t even know my name.

When both the nurse and doctor were gone and I was alone, my eyes overflowed with tears and a formidable feeling of dread crowded inside me. The doctor said there was “a good chance” I would remember my name very soon.

The problem was it wasn’t just my name I needed to remember…

It was everything.

 

Author Bio:

Cambria Hebert is an award winning, bestselling novelist of more than twenty books. She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair.

Besides writing, Cambria loves a caramel latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching movies. She considers math human torture and has an irrational fear of chickens (yes, chickens). You can often find her running on the treadmill (she’d rather be eating a donut), painting her toenails (because she bites her fingernails), or walking her chorkie (the real boss of the house).

Cambria has written within the young adult and new adult genres, penning many paranormal and contemporary titles. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense. A few of her most recognized titles are: The Hashtag Series, Text, Torch, and Tattoo.

Cambria Hebert owns and operates Cambria Hebert Books, LLC.

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Lightness Falling (Lightness Saga Book 2) 004In gaining the crown, Kennedy lost friends, her first love, and her heart.

And now her throne is being threatened.

In this time of turmoil, radical groups surface trying to kill her and take down the kingdom. Kennedy is forced to go undercover and penetrate one of these groups with the help of the one person she has sworn against ever seeing again.

Lorcan Dragen. The one man she let in, but cannot have.

What she has to do to save her falling reign is dangerous, foolish, and impossible. That doesn’t even come close to the truth she discovers along the way.

Kennedy’s world is flipped upside down with heartbreaking discoveries, betrayal, secrets, lies…and a darkness Kennedy won’t be able to fight.

Herself.

When lightness falls, darkness rises. Which side will win? Find out in the conclusion of Kennedy’s story.

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April Wrap-up

Hey look! It’s May 14th and I’m FINALLY getting around to my monthly wrap up. See what had happened was….no good excuse, lol. I’ve just been caught up with life. Being a “baseball mom” is killling me. 

Overall for April I read 9 books, bought 7 physical books, received 2 Arcs, and bought 5 audio books. I actually started utilizing my library in April so I’ve only bought what really interests me, books I want to reread, or books not available at my library.

I don’t include eBooks on here because I buy an obscene amount of those and I’m not ever in a mood for a self-induced guilt trip. So we are just going to pretend they didn’t happen. That’s how Adulting works right? Just ignore the things you don’t want to think about? 😉



Bookish Stuff




Physical Book Haul:

  1. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Review here
  2. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  3. Given to the Sea by MindyMcGinnis – I got this in my April Fairy Loot
  4. Living with the Living Dead by Greg Garrett – I received this as an ARC from Oxford University Press!
  5. Watch me Disappear by Janelle Brown – I received this as an ARC from Random House! I AM SO EXCITED TO READ THIS BOOK.
  6. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
  7. The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness – so I bought both of these used from Amazon, and the bookstore sent me a hardcover instead of paperback. Normally this would be okay, but it doesn’t match the first two books now 🙁
  8. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas – Review here
  9. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas – Review here

Bookish Items:

I got the bag, the bookmark, the pin, the magnet, the ACOMAF coffee mug, and the notebook all from my FairyLoot box this month! If you haven’t subscribed to their box I highly recommend it! I got this adorable Chip coffee mug from the Disney Store, and 6 new Funkos! Links for those below:


Audio Book haul:

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  1. From Burning Ashes by Stacey Marie Brown
  2. Dirty Sexy Saint by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde
  3. Darkness of Light by Stacey Marie Brown
  4. The Silent Waters by Brittany C. Cherry
  5. Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher

Books Read and Reviewed:

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Review Links:

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  1. Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray (YA, Sci-Fi ) 4/5 stars
  2. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (YA, Sci-Fi ) 5/5 stars
  3. Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh (YA, Fantasy, Retellings) 4/5 stars
  4. A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab (YA, Fantasy) 4/5 stars
  5. The Glitch by Ramona Finn (YA, Sci-fi) 4/5 stars

Books Read and Not Reviewed:

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These books were read but not reviewed either because the book either doesn’t fit the scope of this blog, or I haven’t gotten to it yet. I’ve added stars next to the titles to show if I recommend it or not though 🙂

  1. Across the Divide by Stacey Marie Brown (NA, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy) 5/5 stars
  2. Alex by Sawyer Bennett (Contemporary Romance) 3/5 stars
  3. Garrett by Sawyer Bennett (Contemporary Romance) 3/5 stars
  4. From Burning Ashes by Stacey Marie Brown (NA, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy) 5/5 stars
  5. The Silent Waters by Brittany C. Cherry – DNF this book. I might come back to it, but it was very cliche up to about 25%, which is where I put it down.

I had intended to do this post as a mini wrap up, but it appears that was not meant to be. So thanks for sticking it out and reading my two week late wrap up 😂

FairyLoot Unboxing!

I got my very first FairyLoot box this month and I am so excited to share it with you! I love it!! It’s definitely my favorite sub box I’ve ever gotten and I plan on getting this box every month now. 

Side Note: my poor DHL delivery driver. This box got delivered at 11:30 PM last Friday night! I couldn’t believe he was out delivering so late! 

 

This goes without saying…but spoilers ahead for the APRIL box!

 

March OwlCrate Unboxing!

Hey everyone!

I hope you’re having a fabulous weekend. I received my very first OwlCrate yesterday and I am so excited to share it with you! If you also receive OwlCrate and don’t want spoilers I would advise you not to click the “Read More” button 😉

OwlCrate is a monthly subscription box service. You receive a newly released hardcover YA novel and 3-5 bookish items, based on a theme. March’s theme was “Sailors, Ships, and Seas”. 

I live on the coast of North Carolina, USA and basically my whole house is nautical so I was stoked for this theme! 

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Hey! so I created a Bloglovin’ page ages ago, but never connected it to this blog. If you have Bloglovin and want to follow me, please do! I would love to follow you back! 🙂

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I hope you all have a great weekend! Are you going to see Beauty and the Beast? I am!

I’m likely going alone though because my sons aren’t very interested, lol.