Owlcrate Box: July 2017

It’s that time of month again- to share all the bookish goodies that came in this month’s subscription box from Owlcrate. The theme was “Wanderlust” and each item has an element of travel and adventure.

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Here’s the breakdown of this month’s items:

→A drawstring bag inspired by The Lord of the Rings designed by Owlcrate themselves.

→An owl luggage tag by Mudpuppy

→A Newt Scarmander keychain by Funko

A Darker Shades of Magic inspired pocket mirror by Miss Phi

→A pocket journal by Ooly

→An art print by Shailey Ann Designs created exclusively for this box

and finally,

  1. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee with signed bookplate

Goodreads summary: An unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe who stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other along the way.

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Witty, romantic, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a sumptuous romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.

That’s all for my this month’s box! I’m thinking about doing a small giveaway with some of these items, so stay tuned to my instagram for that.


Review: Geekerella

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Publication: April 4, 2017

Pages: 319

Rating: 3.5/5

Goodreads summary: When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.

Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

I’m not sure if it’s just me and my lack of Cinderella knowledge, but it feels like if you’ve read one, you’ve read them all. However, I have been looking for a cute romance to read since the beginning of my summer and I finally found it in this book. Geekerella is cheesy and predictable with many nods to popular culture.

The story follows Danielle “Elle,” the orphaned step-sister to Chloe and Calliope “Cal,” who is small blogger and fangirl for the popular tv show Starfield. The show was such an important part of her childhood so when it’s announced that soap star Darien Freeman is the movie’s new lead, she retaliates with a soon-to-be viral blog post. She doesn’t know how important the Starfield franchise is to Darien, but the reader does because both perspectives are shown in this book.

Elle’s step-sister’s Cal and Chloe are popular vloggers who are in love with Darien Freeman’s role on Seaside Cove, and will do anything to win the cosplay contest to meet him. They also have the unconditional love and support ftom their mother, Catherine. Meanwhile, Elle is trying to save money by working in a vegan food truck with Sage.

Darien first meets Elle when he messages a wrong number, and their relationship begins. There is an element of catfishing that is never mentioned nor explored.

One thing that did surprise me about this book was how diverse it was (I was expecting nothing). Darien is a poc, and both Sage and Cal get a happy ending, too.

Without giving away too much, this was a cute, easy read and I’d recommend it if you’re trying to get out of a reading slump.