Owlcrate Box: June 2017

This month’s theme was “Make it Out Alive” and the box is packed with survival-themed goodies (and very green). Since dystopian societies are my favorite thing to read, I’m in love with pretty much everything.

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Here’s a breakdown of this month’s box:

→ a Little Inklings Design magnet, inspired by An Ember in Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

→ A Court of Thrones and Roses inspired bookmark from Hey Atlas Creative

→ a Divergent inspired bath bomb from Fizzy Fairy Apothecary (it smells amazing!)

→ a zombie sleep mask from Archie McPhee

→ a patch by Laserbrain Patch Co, inspired by The Giver by Lois Lowry

and, TWO new books (usually it’s only one):

  1. World New Rising by Jennifer Wilson

Goodreads Summary: Since witnessing her parents’ murders at the age of eleven, Phoenix’s only purpose in life has been to uphold her mother’s dying words- to be strong and survive. But surviving outside of The Walls- outside of The Sanctuary- is more like a drawn-out death sentence. A cruel and ruthless city, Tartarus is run by the Tribes whose motto is simple, “Join or die.” Refusing to join and determined to live, Phoenix fights to survive in this savage world. But who can she trust, when no one can be trusted? Not even herself. 

  1. The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson

Goodreads summary: When all hope is gone, how do you survive? Before the war, Eden’s life was easy- air conditioning, ice cream, long days at the beach. Then the revolution happened, and everything changed. Now a powerful group called the Wolfpack controls the earth and its resources. Eden has lost everything to them. They killed her family and her friends, destroyed her home, and imprisoned her. But Eden refuses to die by their hands. She knows the coordinates to the only neutral ground left in the world, a place called Sanctuary Island, and she is desperate ti escape to its shores. Eden finally reaches the island and meets others resistant to the Wolves- but the solace is short-lived when one of Eden’s new friends goes missing. Braving the jungle in search of their lost ally, they quickly discover Sanctuary Island is filled with lethal traps and an enemy they never expected. The island might be deadlier than the world Eden left behind, but surviving it is the only thing that stands between her and freedom. 

Have you heard of these titles? Are there any book subscription services you love?


Book Haul: June 2017

Even though I have yet to read the books on my current TBR list, I thought it would be a good idea to purchase some new books online to maybe, in the future read. They just came in and now I thought I’d share them with you.

The four new books I have added to my collection are:

#1. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer 

I feel like I have walked passed these books on bookstore shelves numerous times and still never bought them. That ends now.

Goodreads summary: Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.
Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.
But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.

#2. Geekerella by Ashley Poston 

I’ve seen the cover circle its way around Instagram recently, and decided to give it a shot.

Goodreads summary: Anything can happen once upon a con…

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.

#3. Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Browsing the sale section on the Barnes & Noble website often leads to impulse decisions.

Goodreads summary: “I made the wrong choice.”

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.

#4. A Court of Thrones and Roses by Sarah J. Maas 

Everyone and their mother is currently into this series. Better late than never, right?

Goodreads summary: Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

Are you familiar with any of these titles? If so, what did you think?