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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 Her younger brother Josef is cold, distant, and withdrawn, while Liesl can't forget the austere young man she left beneath the earth, and the music he inspired in her.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…

BOOKS ¦ Review: The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson

Name:The Storm Crow
Author:Kalyn Josephson
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Date Published: July 2019
Rating: 4/5
Note: This book has a trigger warning for depression.

In the tropical kingdom of Rhodaire, magical, elemental Crows are part of every aspect of life...until the Illucian empire invades, destroying everything.
That terrible night has thrown Princess Anthia into a deep depression. Her sister Caliza is busy running the kingdom after their mother's death, but all Thia can do is think of all she has lost.
But when Caliza is forced to agree to a marriage between Thia and the crown prince of Illucia, Thia is finally spurred into action. And after stumbling upon a hidden Crow egg in the rubble of a rookery, she and her sister devise a dangerous plan to hatch the egg in secret and get back what was taken from them.
- From Goodreads.
The Storm Crow was a very exciting story, I read it in two days because I kept saying to myself, "just one more chapter, just one more chapter" every ti…

BOOKS ¦ Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Name:The Cruel Prince
Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Date Published: 2018
Rating: 5/5

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…

UNBOXING ¦ Fairyloot: Beast & Beauty - February 2019

Beauty and the Beast is probably my favourite fairy tale, and it's been my favourite Disney movie ever since I can remember, so naturally I was so happy to hear that Fairyloot's February theme was Beast & Beauty. This was a really beautiful box  that made me so happy when I opened it, and I'm really looking forward to reading the book and seeing how the story is retold. I've listed each item below, with a link to the shop or designer that created it.

Wall tapestry, by Sweet Sequels.

Tumbler, by Taratjah and KDP Letters.

Ceramic trinket dish, by Drop And Give Me Nerdy.

Enamel pin, by IceyDesigns.

Roll-on perfume, by Little Heart Gifts.

Belle print, by Lorena Lammer.


A Court of Thorns and Roses tarot cards, by Emily Haynes.

A Curse so Dark and Lonely character art print by Kayleigh with letter from the author on the back.

A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer with signed book plate.
I honestly adored this box and everything in it, but if I had to choo…