A Year of Owlcrate Awesomeness

Happy Monday everyone! As promised I’m back today with another post! This one is a special one so I’m pretty excited to share it with you and as you might have already guessed, it’s all about my favorite subscription box which is of course Owlcrate! Exactly a year ago from today, on April 2nd 2017, I woke up to a direct message on Instagram letting me know that I had been chosen as an Owlcrate rep! And you may call it an exaggeration but this box has been making me happy ever since!

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If you know me even a little, then you know how much I love subscription boxes! I just love the idea of getting a box full of bookish surprises every month and opening up these boxes for the first time can be super thrilling, especially when you have no idea what you’re going to find inside!

Before being chosen as a rep, I had bought two Owlcrate boxes for myself and had loved both of them but I had been a huge fan of Owlcrate long before that! So being able to rep for them was truly a dream come true! And when they asked me to stay on for a longer time when my first rep term came to an end I could only say yes because seriously? Who would say no to repping for something as awesome as Owlcrate? And again, you might call it an exaggeration, but getting my Owlcrate is easily one of the best parts of every month and seeing it on my front porch never fails to put a smile on my face and make for an awesome day!

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Most Anticipated Releases of April 2018

Happy Sunday and happy 1st of April everyone! Spring is here for good and I couldn’t be happier about it especially since I won’t have to work as much this month because of Easter holidays which means I’ll have more time to write, read and procrastinate! I have no joke for you today but I do have a small blog post and it’s all about my most anticipated YA releases of this month! I sadly forgot to do a blog post for my most anticipated March releases (which is a shame because so many amazing books came out last month) but I was determined not to forget this time! So here are the four books that I’m most excited about this month!

Ace of Shades

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Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…
and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.

Expected publication: April 10th

A book that is promising dark mysteries, secrets hiding in the shadows and morally grey characters? Yes please! This one keeps being compared to Six of Crows and as you all know I absolutely loved Six of Crows so of course I have to give it a shot! I only hope I won’t be disappointed because let’s face it: Leigh Bardugo has set the bar really high with complicated young criminals and impossible heists so I’m not very confident I will find Levi as incredible as I found Kaz and the rest of the Dregs. Still really excited about this though and I can’t wait to read it and find out if it’s going to prove me wrong!

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Review on “Daughter of the Siren Queen”

36682619.jpgGenre: YA, fantasy, adventure

Series: Daughter of the Pirate King #2

Format: hardback

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Published: February 27th, 2018

Pages: 352

Goodreads summary:

Alosa’s mission is finally complete. Not only has she recovered all three pieces of the map to a legendary hidden treasure, but the pirates who originally took her captive are now prisoners on her ship. Still unfairly attractive and unexpectedly loyal, first mate Riden is a constant distraction, but now he’s under her orders. And she takes great comfort in knowing that the villainous Vordan will soon be facing her father’s justice.

When Vordan exposes a secret her father has kept for years, Alosa and her crew find themselves in a deadly race with the feared Pirate King. Despite the danger, Alosa knows they will recover the treasure first . . . after all, she is the daughter of the Siren Queen.

My thoughts:

“I may not have been born in the sea, but I was born to rule it.
I am the daughter of the siren queen.” 

I just realized that I have never reviewed a second book in a series before so this will be a first. I don’t know why but I usually have a hard time reviewing second books because they’re either as awesome as the first or a complete disappointment in comparison to it. This book was somewhere in the middle.

Just like Daughter of the Pirate King, this one also started super strong in the middle of action. It was another fast paced read with plenty of humor and non stop action which I loved. But sadly, despite really enjoying it, I also had a lot of issues with it.

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Bookstagram Tips and Tricks

Hello and happy 1st day of Spring! I know I disappeared again the past few weeks (I’ve once again been super busy) but the sun is shining outside today and I’m in a rather good mood so I’m finally back with a new blog post! And this one is all about bookstagram! I’ve had so many people ask me for advice on how to start a bookstagram or how to improve their accounts and photography so I figured it would be a good idea to write a blog post and give you all some tips on bookstagramming! Keep in mind that I’m in no way an expert, nor do I consider myself one, but I’ve been a bookstagrammer for almost three years now so I’ve a learned a thing or two! 🙂

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Getting Started

Theme

The first thing you need to establish before you start your bookstagram is your theme. Not all your photos have to look the same but it’s nice to have some consistency and the easiest way to achieve that is through editing. Editing is a bookstagrammer’s best friend. You might wanna take a photo outside but also take a photo on your shelves. You know that they’re going to be completely different but editing them the same way or adding the same filter can go a long way into making them match! I personally love seeing bookstagram feeds that have a certain style or theme and always find them more aesthetically pleasing!

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Mid-month Check In February 2018

Hello everyone and happy Sunday! Hope you’re all having a very relaxing day! We’re a little over halfway through the month, which means it’s time for another mid-month check in! I’ve decided to make those a regular thing because I have so much fun writing them! Here’s what I’ve been up to so far this month!

Currently Reading

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I’m almost finished with The Cruel Prince and I’ve really enjoyed it so far, even though I have to admit I found it a bit slow for my taste. Still, Holly Black’s fairie world is fascinating and I had so much fun reading about all the different aspects of it! I’m hoping to finish this one tonight because it’s taken me longer to read than I was planning to and hopefully I will be able to write a review too!

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Most Anticipated Releases of February 2018

Happy 1st of February everyone! Can you believe January is already over? It was a so so month for me because I was super busy with college exams but I’m looking forward to them ending next week so I can finally devote myself to reading! I’m determined to make February a successful reading month and there are a few February releases that I’m hoping will help me with that! So here’s a small list of the books coming out this month that I’m most excited about!

Shadowsong

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Six months after the end of Wintersong, Liesl is working toward furthering both her brother’s and her own musical careers. Although she is determined to look forward and not behind, life in the world above is not as easy as Liesl had hoped. Her younger brother Josef is cold, distant, and withdrawn, while Liesl can’t forget the austere young man she left beneath the earth, and the music he inspired in her. 

When troubling signs arise that the barrier between worlds is crumbling, Liesl must return to the Underground to unravel the mystery of life, death, and the Goblin King—who he was, who he is, and who he will be. What will it take to break the old laws once and for all? What is the true meaning of sacrifice when the fate of the world—or the ones Liesl loves—is in her hands?

Expected publication: February 6th

I have to admit that I haven’t read Wintersong yet. I didn’t manage to get to it last year and since I wanted to read it in winter I decided to wait for this year. But since its sequel is coming out this month, I figured this is the best opportunity for me to get to it and if I do read it, it will also give me the perfect excuse to buy a copy of Shadowsong! Though let’s face it, I’ll probably buy it either way! I need that book on my shelves! We all have to admit it has such a stunning cover!

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Review on “Daughter of the Pirate King” by Tricia Levenseller

33643994Genre: YA, fantasy, adventure

Series: Daughter of the Pirate King #1

Format: hardback

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Published: February 28th, 2017

Pages: 308

Goodreads summary:

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

My thoughts:

“I value brilliant minds, honest souls, and those with long endurance. I forge relationships based on trust and mutual respect, not fear and control.” 

Let me just say that I’ve had a really hard time finishing books these past few months due to a horrible reading slump and DotPK easily brought me out of it. It was a light, fast paced read full of excitement, adventure and plenty of humor that had me cracking up several times while reading it. So much so that I got plenty of weird stares in various public places because I couldn’t restrain myself from laughing out loud. Also pirates. I love me a good pirate adventure complete with a treasure hunt but unfortunately haven’t seen many YA pirate books around in the past so I was very eager to get to this one! And I was definitely not disappointed!

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Top 12 Disney Songs I Love

As an undeniably obsessed Disney fan, I’ve grown up singing along to Disney songs, classic or modern! Disney has been my entire childhood and even today I never say no to watching Disney movies or doing anything that has to do with Disney for that matter! After all, you’re never too old for Disney, and Disney songs and movies are proof that everyone is a child at heart! I myself find it impossible to listen to a Disney song without singing along and even though there are hundreds of them that I love, today I’m going to try to count out my top favorites!

Belle Reprise

“I want adventure in the great wide somewhere.
I want it more than I can tell.”

Beauty and the Beast has always been one of my favorite Disney movies, with Belle being on the top of my list of favorite Disney princesses! One of my favorite parts about the movie is the musical numbers in it! It’s hard not to sing along to “Belle” at the beginning of the movie when belle wanders through the streets of her village saying hello to everybody but it’s the reprise of the song that I’ve always loved the most! I’m sure we’ve all fantasized about running on hills and singing about our dreams at one point or another, and if you love adventures like I do, it’s not hard to relate to Belle’s “I want adventure in the great wide somewhere”!

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Most Anticipated Releases of January 2018

Hello lovelies! It’s Fri-yay today which means relaxing day so I figured it was as good a time as any to finally write this blog post! I say finally because I’ve been planning to post it since last week but alas! Life (a.k.a college exams) got in the way! So here we are today! I was originally going to do a post about all of my most anticipated releases of 2018 but since there are way too many amazing books coming out this year to all fit in one blog post, I decided to feature them separately each month!

The Cruel Prince

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Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Expected publication: January 2nd

One of my most anticipated releases of  this year! I’ve wanted this book ever since it was announced (I was immediately sold on the whole Fairie Prince thing) and I’m super excited to read it! Technically it’s already out but I don’t have my copy yet so I’m still waiting for it! And I think it’s safe to say I will start it as soon as I get my hands on it!

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My 2018 Bookish Resolutions

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Happy new Year everyone! Can you believe 2017 is gone? Can’t say it was the best year for me (it had its ups and downs) but I’m really hoping 2018 will be amazing! New year means new goals, so I thought it would be fun to share my 2018 bookish resolutions!

Complete My Goodreads Reading Challenge

2017 was a pretty bad reading year for me. I’ve had some personal stuff to deal with which means I wasn’t in the mood to read and only managed to finish less than 20 books! So I’m determined to change that this year! I’ve set my Goodreads reading goal to 100 books which is pretty ambitious, I know, but I’m really hoping I will manage to complete it! I’ve acquired so many amazing books in 2017 and I really, really want to finally get to them this year!

Read More Diverse Books

This was a bookish resolution I set for myself last year but since I didn’t do much reading in 2017 I didn’t manage to complete it. I already have a few diverse reads sitting on my shelves so I’m really hoping I will be able to get to them soon! And of course, I’m always up for suggestions!

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