September 2017 FairyLoot Unboxing

FairyLoot is a monthly book subscription box that specializes in Young Adult Fantasy books, based out of London, England. Recent themes include Otherworlds (August 2017)Tricksters (July 2017), Elementalists (June 2017). Every month they have a different theme and select an exciting newly released fantasy novel, in addition to 4-6 hand selected goodies – like book inspired teas, candles, bookmarks, tote bags, and more!

So, how can you get a FairyLoot box of your own (because once you see the awesome books and all the awesome loot in them, I know you’ll want one too)? For more information, check out FairyLoot’s website!

And, if you decide to subscribe? Check out my FairyLoot Page for current discount codes for 3 and 6 month subscriptions!

So now, on to the exciting part – the unboxing! The theme for September 2017’s FairyLoot box was “All That Sass” – is inspired by your favourite sassy characters in YA! If you’re a fan of The Infernal DevicesThe Mortal InstrumentsThrone of Glass and The Grisha Trilogy then you are going to love this box – and even if you’re not, there’s no doubt in my mind you would love it anyways! There’s a TON of fantastic items, including exclusive foiling on the cover of the book of the month. Some of these items have never been included in a FairyLoot box before (Warning: Spoilers for box contents past this point)!

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So what, exactly, was in the box?

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A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

“You can kill people, but you cannot kill magic.” – V.E. Schwab, A Gathering of Shadows (p. 197)

A Gathering of Shadows, released on February 23rd, 2016, is the second book in V.E. Schwab’s wildly popular A Darker Shade of Magic series (you can find my review for A Darker Shade of Magic here). Picking up some months after the concluding events of A Darker Shade of MagicV.E. Schwab dives right back into the action, illustrtaing how Lila, Kell and Rhy’s lives have moved forward, and how the ongoing events are shaping their lives.

Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift, and into Black London. In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks like she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games-an extravagant international competition of magic, meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries-a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port. But while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning, and so it seems Black London has risen again-and so to keep magic’s balance, another London must fall…

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

I picked A Darker Shade of magic by V.E. Schwab up a couple months ago from the Book Outlet, but didn’t have a chance to read it right away due to my busy school schedule. But once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down- this book is a rare piece of modern New Adult Fantasy which cleverly weaves a daring, complex plot between worlds to create something truly remarkable.

“I’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still.” – A Darker Shade of Magic, V.E. Schwab

Kell is one of the last Travelers-magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes, connected by one magical city. There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, and with one mad king-George III. Red London, where life and magic are revered-and where Kell was raised alongside Rhys Maresh, the rougish heir to a flourishing empire. White London-a place where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London. But no one speaks of that now. Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, ambassador of the Maresh empire, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure. Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

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#Bookstagram

Until my school term concludes in exactly one week, I have made the executive decision that I am simply to busy with final papers to produce any quality book reviews.

I am, however, still regularly posting to my Bookstagram account @onepageatatimebooks. You can find a sneak peak of some of my most recent photos below!

The Bookstagram Community (which is essentially just a collective of book lovers on Instagram who share their love of books through photos) is a great way to find new books, rediscover old books and connect with like-minded book lovers – so be sure to check it out!

 

November 2016 Reading List

It’s that time of month again (a.k.a. the start of the month) which means another book list, and another pile of books to add to my never ending TBR pile! I’m slowly falling behind on my TBR’s as school consumes more and more of my life (if I’m being honest, I’m spending most of my time reading textbooks nowadays!), but reading, writing and photo taking remain fun hobbies of mine. Basically, writing this is my break from the daily grind!

If you missed my October Reads, be sure to check out my Instagram page (@onepageatatimebooks) or visit my Book Reviews page to see a summary of my most recent posts! 

This month, the following books are on my TBR:

  1. The Stranger Game by Cylin Busby (released October 25th)
  2. The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid (released November 1st)
  3. Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley (released November 22nd)
  4. Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosemund Hodge (released September 27th)
  5. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (released October 18th)
  6. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (released January 19th, 2016)
  7. The Reader by Traci Chee (released September 13th)

In addition, I’ve decided to add a little section to these monthly Reading Lists wherein I list my Top 3 Books from the previous month as recommendations! Please be sure to let me know what you think of these books! Links lead to my reviews of these books – please be aware not all reviews are spoiler free! 

  1. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  2. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  3. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

What’s on your November TBR?