Sunday, April 8, 2018

The Book(ish) Box, March 2018

I have a shopping problem.  I recently subscribed to a ton of book/bookish boxes.  I'm going to need another job just to afford all these.  Here's my unboxing of The Book(ish) Box for March.  
The theme for this month was Cover Lust.

The Bookish Box is a monthly bookish subscription box that contains cool bookish goodies and (for higher priced subscriptions) a bookish t-shirt, a young adult fiction book, or an adult fiction book.

The Bookish Box currently offers 10 different subscription options:

Young Adult Book, Goodies, and a Shirt- starting at $43 USD per month.
Adult Book, Goodies, and a Shirt- starting at $43 USD per month.
Adult Book & Bookish Goodies- starting at $32 USD per month.
Woman's Size Bookish Box- starting at $29.99 per month.
Plus Size Monthly Subscription Book(ish) Box- starting at $32 USD per month.
Shirt and Goodies Box Jr. & Unisex- starting at $29.99 USD per month.
YA Book & Shirt Only- starting at $27 USD per month.
Goodies & YA Book- starting at $28.99 USD per month.
Shirt Only- starting at $18 USD per month.
Adult Book & Shirt Only- starting at $27 USD per month.

(This is an unboxing of the YA Book, Goodies, and Shirt box)

Shipping rates vary by location.

This box ships all over the world.  
Check out more info about the box here.

*This post contains a referral link.

Shirt inspired by Shatter Me ($22)

This shirt was created by The Bookish Shop.  I really like their t-shirts.

Pretty shirt!

Grisha Tea

This Grisha Special Blend is from Riddle's Tea Shoppe.  It is a blend of Blood Orange, Wild Strawberry, and Vanilla.  I'm trying to drink more tea and this blend sounds good.

Fangirl Wall Decor ($12)

This wall decor is by Hello World Paper Co.  Fangirl was a cute story.  I already put this up in my library.  Super cute!

Pride & Prejudice Inspired Lotion ($7)

This body lotion is by Latherati.  I'll take anything inspired by Pride & Prejudice.  I love that book.  This is a really nice body lotion.

Infernal Devices Art Print ($3-$5?)

This art print of Jem from the Infernal Devices series (which I still haven't read) is by Kristin Askland.  Pretty print that would look nice in a frame.

Shatter Me Inspired Coaster Art

This coaster art is by Angela Porter.  I never read the Shatter Me series and I've heard mixed things about it.

Monthly Doodle & Harry Potter Friendship Art Print ($5)

Cute doodle by Doodles by Christina that you can color and a cool looking Harry Potter art print by Gabriella Bujdoso for the month of April.  They have been including an art print for every month in their boxes.

The Final Six by Alexandra Monir (YA Book)

I've heard of this book and it does sound interesting.

When Leo, an Italian championship swimmer, and Naomi, a science genius from California, are two of the twenty-four teens drafted into the International Space Training Camp, their lives are forever altered. After erratic climate change has made Earth a dangerous place to live, the fate of the population rests on the shoulders of the final six who will be scouting a new planet. Intense training, global scrutiny, and cutthroat opponents are only a few of the hurdles the contestants must endure in this competition.
For Leo, the prospect of traveling to Europa—Jupiter’s moon—to help resettle humankind is just the sense of purpose he’s been yearning for since losing his entire family in the flooding of Rome. Naomi, after learning of a similar space mission that mysteriously failed, suspects the ISTC isn’t being up front with them about what’s at risk.
As the race to the final six advances, the tests get more challenging—even deadly. With pressure mounting, Naomi finds an unexpected friend in Leo, and the two grow closer with each mind-boggling experience they encounter. But it’s only when the finalists become fewer and their destinies grow nearer that the two can fathom the full weight of everything at stake: the world, the stars, and their lives.

Every box comes with an information card listing all the items inside.

What did you think of The Bookish Box for March?  I recommend this box if you love bookish goodies.  I think I have one more YA box for April and then I downgraded to the Women's Bookish Box for May.

For more information or to subscribe, 
go to: The Bookish Box (my referral link)


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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Blog Tour: The Window by Amelia Brunskill ~Review & Giveaway!~

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Window by Amelia Brunskill!

Check out my review and enter the giveaway below!

The Window
by Amelia Brunskill
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: April 3, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller

Anna is everything her identical twin is not. Outgoing and athletic, she is the opposite of quiet introvert Jess. The same on the outside, yet so completely different inside--it's hard to believe the girls are sisters, let alone twins. But they are. And they tell each other everything.

Or so Jess thought.

After Anna falls to her death while sneaking out her bedroom window, Jess's life begins to unravel. Everyone says it was an accident, but to Jess, that doesn't add up. Where was Anna going? Who was she meeting? And how long had Anna been lying to her?

Jess is compelled to learn everything she can about the sister she thought she knew. At first it's a way to stay busy and find closure . . . but Jess soon discovers that her twin kept a lot of secrets. And as she digs deeper, she learns that the answers she's looking for may be truths that no one wants her to uncover.

Because Anna wasn't the only one with secrets.

Amelia Brunskill was born in Melbourne, Australia, but she grew up mostly in Washington state where she picked a lot of blackberries, read a lot of books, and failed to properly appreciate the epic beauty of the mountains and the Pacific ocean.

She earned her bachelors degrees in psychology and art from the University of Washington and her master in information studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She now lives in Chicago, where she eats as much Thai food as possible and works as a librarian.

The Window is her debut novel.

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I thought The Window was a really interesting book and an intriguing mystery.  It's also a story that shows the bond and rivalry between two twin sisters, and the grief that follows the loss of a loved one.

The cover is what initially drew me to this book.  It is an eerie looking cover- featuring a small photo of a girl staring out a window, with her hand up on the glass, looking worried, scared, or possibly a little sad.  Then I read the synopsis and this definitely sounded like a story I would enjoy.  Anna and Jess are twin sisters with very different personalities.  Anna is outgoing while Jess is more of an introvert.  When Anna dies after falling out her bedroom window, Jess sets out to find exactly what happened to her sister.  Did Anna accidentally fall from her window or did something more sinister happen?  Was Anna keeping secrets from Jess?  How well did Jess really know her twin sister?

I thought this was a pretty quick read, with short chapters, and an intriguing mystery that kept me turning the page.  There were some parts of the book that were a little slow paced, but I never found myself getting bored with the story.  I needed to know what happened to Anna and what led to her death.  It was interesting to follow along with Jess as she tried to find out what happened to her sister.

The story is mostly told from Jess's perspective, with some of Anna's thoughts mentioned before the start of certain chapters.  I really liked getting the perspectives of both sisters and I especially enjoyed reading Anna's thoughts leading up to her tragic death. 

I thought it was interesting to read about the relationship between the twin sisters.  Jess thought she knew everything about her sister, Anna.  They were really close when they were younger, but eventually they became more distant.  Jess learns that there were many things she didn't know about her twin.  There were certain parts of this story that made me really sad, especially in the beginning, with Jess suddenly having to adjust to life without her sister.  It was heartbreaking to read about the loss of Jess's twin, and how the loss affected the entire family.  

Overall, I thought this was an intriguing debut novel that I would recommend, especially if you like young adult mysteries.  I look forward to reading more from Amelia Brunskill in the future.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4/5 Stars)

*Thanks to the publisher and the Fantastic Flying Book Club for providing me with an advanced reading copy of this book for review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Tara's Ginormous Book Haul! Part Two

Here's Part Two of my ginormous book haul.  
Why do I keep buying books?  
I don't have time to read all of them but I keep on buying them.  😨 

All the books below were purchased from Book Outlet during their awesome Boxing Day sale last year.  I got $45 off an order of $100 or more, so I made several orders.

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