This was my first Wizarding World Loot Crate (and first Loot Crate ever). The Ties That Bind was the theme for the January2018 box, which arrived on February 24, 2018 (I live in the US and it is a US-based company).
While the box itself was amazing, customer service and shipping times left something to be desired. I am really surprised JK Rowling and the Wizarding World brand (and naturally Warner Brothers which is the parent company and patrols copyright usage, etc.) endor
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert I thought this book was going to be amazing and I was so super pumped for it. Unfortunately, it was nothing like I thought it would be. I didn't like the protagonist (granted her behavior is later explained in a not very surprising plot twist) which always makes it difficult for me. My feelings toward the story went something like this: I like this, I don't like this, I like this, I don't like this, I like this. Maybe it would have been a bet
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson 4.5/5 stars I always forget how much I love mysteries! At first this book reminded me of a Westing Game with a Winchester Mansion twist. The plot alternates between the Ellingham family kidnappings in the 1930s and the present day Stevie Bell who attends Ellingham Academy intent on solving the mystery of the kidnappings. The book is full of riddles and puzzles, twists and turns. I found myself reading huge chunks at a time. There was some soci
Wires and Nerve 2: Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer I actually really liked this! This is probably the first time I actually liked Iko and didn't find her annoying at all (sorry, I know but she finally grew on me in W&N 1). The voices felt truer this time, however, I'm not sure if it's because it's been so long since I read the books or if Marissa Meyer took that criticism to heart from feedback on the first book. I'm still not a huge fan of the art style, but the plot was much st
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black Just wow. Holly Black has quickly become one of my go-to authors in the last few months. This book is no exception. I'll keep this short to avoid spoilers. The story follows Jude (in the first person) who is a mortal living in Faerieland after the murder of her parents. She longs to fit in and prove herself to the other Fae who look down on mortals, especially Prince Cardan. And the way she thinks to do this is to try and become a knight for o