June 2018 FairyLoot Unboxing

FairyLoot is a monthly book subscription box that specializes in Young Adult Fantasy books, based out of London, England. Recent themes include “Oh So Regal” (December 2017)“Talk Faerie to Me” (January 2018), and “Save the Kingdom” (May 2018). 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 Junw 2018’s FairyLoot box was “Rebels in Ballgowns”! This box was inspired by stories where the main character is on a secret mission and has to dress up – think masquerade parties and elegant parties! There’s a TON of fantastic items, including a very highly anticipated new release that is getting fantastic reviews (and which won’t be released until July!) – and of course its filled with items inspired by popular YA novels, including Legendary by Stephanie Garber, The Selection by Kiera Cass, and Nevernight by Jay Kristoff!

(WARNING: SPOILERS FOR BOX CONTENTS PAST THIS POINT)

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Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, released in North America on March 13, 2018, was perhaps one of my most anticipated releases of 2018. Despite my initial apprehension, I ended up loving Illuminae, then Gemina, unable to tear my eyes away from the video logs, journal entries, chat logs, hand drawn images, and visually stunning word art, I fell in love with the unique style I once thought I would find jarring, and I could not wait to dive into this unique world in Obsidio once again.

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion? Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.

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Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

“Conquer your fear, and you can conquer the world” – Jay Kristoff, Godsgrave (p.144).

Godsgrave is the second thrilling installment of the award-winning Nevernight Chronicle, from New York Times bestselling author Jay Kristoff. Released in North America on September 5th, 2017, Godsgrave has already received a plethora of stellar reviews, with editorial reviewers raving about this original piece of literature, calling it “sexier, grittier, bloodier and fiercer” than its predecessor. And I have to agree – fans of Nevernight will adore this second installment, even as Kristoff effectively rips their hearts to pieces.

In a land where three suns almost never set, a ruthless assassin continues her quest for vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family. Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church hierarchy think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending the men who destroyed her familia; in fact, she’s told directly that Consul Scaeva is off limits. But after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia’s suspicions about the Red Church’s true motives begin to grow. When it’s announced that Scaeva will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end him. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between love and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

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Back to School Book List

Hey Bookworms! For those of you who have been following my reading journey on my Bookstagram, you’ll know that I have a relatively successful reading month in August – in fact, I nearly completely my entire TBR List! Of course, that was before I made a trip to The Book Outlet for some older, and found myself drowning in late August/early September releases that I just couldn’t pass up.

So, what will I be reading this month?

I am going to try and be realistic with myself this month – with a new apartment to unpack, and a brand new educational journey, I am not sure how much time I’ll have to read, so I am under no illusions of believing I will actually be able to finish every book on the below list – even half would be an accomplishment!

In addition, this month, since I will be tackling some older releases I picked up at The Book Outlet (2014 and earlier), I’ve split my reading list into two groups – The Old and The New!

The Old:

  1. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier (May 22, 2012)
  2. Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier (May 28, 2013)
  3. Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier (October 7, 2014)
  4. Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes (July 15, 2014)

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The New:

  1. Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke (May 22, 2016)
  2. Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller (August 29th, 2017)
  3. Godsgrave: Book Two Of The Nevernight Chronicle by Jay Kristoff (September 5, 2017)
  4. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas (September 6th, 2017)
  5. Fireblood by Elly Blake (September 12, 2017)
  6. One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake (September 19, 2017)
  7. The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo (September 26th, 2017)

 

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

My earlier review for Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff can be found here

After reading Illuminae early on in the summer, I was quite excited to pick up Gemina. When I first picked up Illuminae,  I started off a skeptic, because the whole “found documents/recordings/we blacked out half the words” thing was a bit offputting, but the story and the execution of this unique writing style quickly drew me in. And then blew me away with its originality and complexity. Gemina  was no different – except this time I started off excited to delve back into this unique mish-mash of found documents.

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed. The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault. Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion. When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands. But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

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October TBR

It’s once again that time of month (being the first of a new month, of course), so it’s time for another booklist! I did pretty well on my September booklist (surprisingly), although my blog posting has dropped off (sadly), as work, school and tutoring slowly consume my life.

Throughout October I’m hoping to stick to a posting schedule of “Mini Monday” posts (these posts will have minimum to no spoilers, and be about 500 words long) and Thursday posts, which will be about 1200-1500 words, and have a spoiler free section to start off, but a more in depth, spoiler-loaded section at the end for those who have read the book and are looking for discussion!

And as always, you can keep up to date with my latest and upcoming blog posts by following me on Instagram (@onepageatatimebooks) 

Now, onto my To Be Read List for October (personally, I’ve read a couple of these, so I would highly recommend them! *Indicates books I have not read yet.): 

  1. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  2. Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch
  3. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  4. Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas
  5. A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess *
  6. Vassa In The Night by Sarah Porter (I just received this one in my FairyLoot box and I am very excited!)*
  7. Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King (it is Halloween season after all!)*
  8. The Swan Riders by Erin Bow*
  9. Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson*
  10. Gemina by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (releases October 18th)

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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Please be warned that this review contains some small spoilers; I will, however, warn the reader before divulging a spoiler, so if you have not read the book yet, it is still possible to read this review! 

I had been following Jay Kristoff’s journey through writing this book (along with Gemina, which I’m quite excited about as well), for some time, so I was very excited to finally be able to pick up Nevernight and read it for myself. The very focus of the book – a young assassin with a vendetta – is definitely right up my alley for popular story tropes right now, so obviously I had to read it.

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family. Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined. Now, a sixteen year old Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic – the Red Church. Treachery and trials await her with the Church’s halls, and to fail is to die. But if she survives to initiation, Mia will be inducted among the chosen of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the only thing she desires. Revenge.

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

As Marie Lu, author of the Legend Trilogy (which I am not a fan of, in case anyone was wondering) aptly said, this book is “wholly unique and utterly captivating”. It truly is. I started off a skeptic, because the whole “found documents/recordings/we blacked out half the words” thing was a bit offputting, but the story and the execution of this unique writing style quickly drew me in. And then blew me away with its originality and complexity.

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit. But their problems are just getting started. A plague has broken out and is mutating with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a web of data to find the truth, it’s clear the only person who can help her is the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again. Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, maps, files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

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