Sunday, 5 May 2019

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 samplers.

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He, with author letter, signed book plate and character cards.

I really enjoyed unboxing this and I was happy with every item. I think my favourites were the candle, since it smells amazing, and the mug, since I loved The Cruel Prince and it's such a beautiful design! I also think the sprayed edges make this special edition of Descendant of the Crane really gorgeous and I am really pleased to put it on my shelves.
If you got the box, let me know in the comments below which items you like the best, and if you have already read the book tell me what your thoughts were! If you would like to know more about Illumicrate you can find their website here.

Saturday, 4 May 2019

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 doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.
- From Goodreads

A Curse So Dark And Lonely was a really fantastic retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It managed to use the basic foundations of the fairy tale to create a unique story of its own where the characters felt new and the plot felt unpredictable. I was always eager to find out what happened next and to see more of the characters.
The world building was fascinating and it was interesting to see them venture beyond the isolated castle and interact with minor characters such as the subjects of the kingdom. It felt like a realistic world and I will be excited to learn and see more of it.
The slow build up of affection between Harper and Rhen felt believable and I was definitely rooting for their relationship and for the two of them to be together by the end. They were both likeable and understandable characters and I enjoyed both of their perspectives as I cared about them both. I also thought it was great to see the inclusion of a character with cerebral palsy, as I do not think it is something I have read before, and I think reading about how Harper lived with her condition helped me to learn more about a disability I was not so educated on, and I also think it added more depth and realism to the story. Grey was also a brilliant character who felt like an excellent addition to the story.
As well as that, the writing was also wonderful to read, it was very good at evoking emotion and there were also a lot of humorous moments that genuinely made me laugh out loud as I was reading.
The only part of the book that I did not love so much was the ending. It left me feeling slightly unsatisfied as I was hoping for something more wrapped up. I understand that there is a sequel, and there was somewhat happy ending that was certainly hopeful, but I felt like the characters had worked so hard for a completely happy ending and I felt let down when they did not definitely get one. However I did love the book overall and I will be looking forward to reading the next one.

UNBOXING | FairyLoot: A Different Kind of Magic - June 2020

I was very excited when I saw the description for FairyLoot 's June box, the theme of A Different Kind of Magic , along with the hints a...