Wizarding World Loot Crate | The Tie That Bind

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.) endorses a brand that is less than 100% stellar in all areas. The Trust Pilot reviews are filled with disgruntled and disappointed customers.

The Hazel Wood | A YA Book Review

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 better narrative in third person, but there was this overarching condescending tone that just didn't sit well with me. The book seemed to end but I see it's part of a series (I pre-ordered it thinking it was a cool dark fai

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson | A YA Book Review

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 social commentary embedded within (mostly modern but one part was a clear JFK/LHO nod), but now I wonder if even some of that will be turned on its head. Despite murder and mischief, there was humor sprinkled throughout. The

Wires and Nerve Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer

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 stronger in this book. So I decided this was 5 stars for me. I miss the world and got teary eyed a couple of times. I'm kind of sad it's over!!

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black | A YA Book Review

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 one of the prince or princess courts. However, when she is denied this she decides to find another means. What ensues is a slow reveal of information that the reader learns alongside Jude. Essentially revealing that not e

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