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UNBOXING ¦ Illumicrate: Your Majesty - April 2019

Royalty and kings is a theme I really enjoy in books, especially fantasy novels, so I knew this Illumicrate box would have some intriguing items for me and I think it certainly lived up to my expectations! Your Majesty is a great theme idea for a box and I really liked every item even if I have not read the book or series it is based on yet. The book that came in the box also sounds very fascinating and I am looking forward to reading it! I have listed each item that came in the box below, along with the shop or designer that created it.

Game of Thrones Iron Throne phone ring designed by Fable and Black.

Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses magnetic coin necklace designed by Monolime.

The Wicked King mug designed by rosiethorns88.

Crown of Power raspberry-scented candle created by Flickerink.

Throne of Glass quotes book tin designed by Moledro Craft Co.

Three Dark Crowns travel posters designed by Alicia Pinapal.

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder and We Are Blood and Thunder book sample…

BOOKS ¦ Review: A Curse So Dark And Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Name:A Curse So Dark And Lonely
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Date published: 2019
Rating: 4/5

Fall in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper d…

UNBOXING ¦ FairyLoot: Dark Magic - April 2019

Dark Magic is a really fascinating theme, and I am always interested to see it explored in fiction, so I knew this would be an exciting box from FairyLoot, with lots of beautiful items and an intriguing book, and I was definitely not wrong! This was a brilliant box, and I have listed each item below, with the shop or creator that designed it.

The Darkling (from the Grisha trilogy) tote bag, with lettering by KDP Letters and art by morgana0anagrom.

Six of Crows tarot cards by Emmilinne.

Philosopher's Stone soap by Pretty Suds

A Curse So Dark And Lonely pin by Literary Emporium.

Children of Blood and Bone notebook by Stella Bookish Art

Mister Kindly (from Nevernight) tea strainer by FairyLoot.

A Darker Shade of Magic book sleeve by Monolime.

Nocturnaby Maya Motayne, exclusive signed edition with blue sprayed edges, author letter and character art by niru.

Fairyscoop booklet, bookmark and spoiler card with theme art by Taratjah.
I really enjoyed unpacking this box and I think I'll lov…

UNBOXING ¦ Illumicrate Mystery Box

I have always enjoyed the previous Illumicrate boxes that I have purchased so when they announced they were selling mystery boxes I thought it would be a great chance to get some of the wonderful items I had missed from other boxes. I was very pleased with what I got, especially since I was lucky enough not to get any items that I had already received! Below I have listed each item that came in my mystery box, with a link to each designer or shop that created them.

Hamilton quote ceramic mug, designed by Abbie Imagine.

Warcross by Marie Lu quote wooden bookmark, designed by chatty nora.

Protagonist/Antagonist necklace, designed by Down the Rabbit Hole.

Elements metal bookmarks, designed by Another Studio

A Court of Thorns and Roses character cards, designed by Monolime

A Court of Thorns and Roses, Feyre and Rhysand art print, designed by Kat Adara

Grisha book sleeve, designed by Sparrow + Wolf

Tote bag, designed by KDP Letters.
I was really happy with all of these items, I thought th…

BOOKS ¦ Review: The Orphanage of Gods by Helena Coggan

Name:The Orphanage of Gods
Author:Helena Coggan
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Date published: 2019
Rating: 3.5/5

In the bloody revolution, gods were all but wiped out. Ever since, the children they left behind have been imprisoned in an orphanage, watched day and night by the ruthless Guard. Any who show signs of divine power vanish from their beds in the night, all knowledge of their existence denied.
No one has ever escaped the orphanage.
Until now.
Seventeen-year-old Hero is finally free - but at a terrible price. Her sister has been captured by the Guard and is being held in a prison in the northern sea. Hero desperately wants to get her back, and to escape the murderous Guardsmen hunting her down. But not all the gods are dead, and the ones waiting for Hero in the north have their own plans for her - ones that will change the world forever...
As she advances further and further into the unknown, Hero will need to decide: how far is she willing to go to do what needs to be done?
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BOOKS ¦ Review: Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones

Author:S. Jae-Jones
Publisher: Titan Books
Date Published: 2018
Rating: 3/5
Note: This review contains spoilers for both Wintersong and Shadowsong.

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? - From Goodreads.
I was glad that Shadowson…

UNBOXING ¦ Illumicrate: Gods & Monsters - February 2019

Gods and monsters are two of my favourite themes in fantasy fiction, so the theme of this Illumicrate box definitely intrigued me, and I certainly was not disappointed when I opened it! I am really fascinated by the book, so keep an eye out for a review of that when I have read it. I have listed each item from the box below, with a link to the designers or shops they came from.

Monsters of Verity quote pouch by Stella Bookish Art.

Dragon tin case by Moledro Craft Co.

Girls of Paper & Fire chopsticks by Hey Atlas Creative.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone bookmarks by Lesya Blackbird.

Nectar of the Gods lip scrub by Lovely Skincare.

Extracts from The Red Scrolls of Magic and The Binding.

The Orphanage of Gods notebook.

Strange the Dreamer umbrella by Hodderscape.

Exclusive signed edition of The Orphanage of Gods by Helena Coggan with blue sprayed edges and letter from the author (not pictured).
This was an amazing box that I am really happy to have bought and I think my favourite item is the…