Book Review

The Witch’s Kiss Review

This lovely book is one that Maja raves about and I was curious about. And then Leafer Box sent it as part of the December box, and seriously, it was just like a sign to read it.

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The Witch’s Kiss by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr

Sixteeen-year-old Meredith is fed-up with her feuding family and feeling invisible at school – not to mention the witch magic that shoots out of her fingernails when she’s stressed. Then sweet, sensitive Jack comes into her life and she falls for him hard. The only problem is that he is periodically possessed by a destructive centuries-old curse. Meredith has lost her heart, but will she also lose her life? Or in true fairytale tradition, can true love’s kiss save the day?

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What I knew about this book was that it was a gender bent retelling of Sleeping Beauty. However as much as it has element sof it, is it more than just a retelling and feels more like “inspired” by rather than an actual retelling (this is not a bad thing at all).

One thing I liked is that what Merry is doing regarding Jack affects her regular non magical life. This was a fresh change to read since most of the time it appears that magical adventures have no effect whatsoever on real life for the character and thankfully that was not the case here.

Now I am left wondering what happened to Jack, and how Merry copes afterwards.

Moon recommends

Retellings for the win, and this book, and anything by Robin McKinley. And I am so going to go read the next one but also I have to wait for the last one to come out and oh dear, do I wait for it to come out and binge read or do I try to space it out… Decisions, decisions…

 

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Medieval Mayhem Fanmail Unboxing

The theme was exciting for me, and then they announced it’d include an ARC of Tess of the Road which I was looking forward to reading, so definite yes from me.

Just in case you didn’t know, they aren’t a “book box” but rather they do fandom goodies, which may coincide with bookish fandoms.

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So here’s the contents of the box:

  • An ARC of Tess of the Road. Dragons, dragons, dragons, what else can I say?
  • Nailed It! nail decals with chainmail, they are quite cool looking (or should I say medieval looking?)
  • The Medieval Mayhem leaflet with suggestions of shows to watch and things to do.
  • My box was SO magical and full of mayhem, that the necklace/charm that was supposed to come with it disappeared (see the black empty jewelry box). No worries, they are lovely and will send the missing item.
  • A Merlin pouch. I love Merlin and by doing my unboxing on Instagram discovered that a couple of my friends also do.
  • And a heavy comb for Game of Thrones (no risk of breaking I think).

All in all a nice lovely box which made me quite happy.

Wrap-ups and Tags

Find out you Maji Clan!

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As promised, who wants to fidn out which clan they belong to? What kind of magic they have?

Here is a handy way of finding out:

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So tell me, which clan are you? I am a Welder, probably I would make beautiful jewelry with it. What would you do?

 

Book Review

Children of Blood and Bone Review (Now We Rise Blog Tour)

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It was thanks to attending YALC last year that I had a sampler for Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, and I was hooked as soon as I read it.

I pleaded to My Kinda Book to let me read it and review and be part of it, and thankfully after driving them nuts for a few months, here we are, the book is releasing and you need to go read it as soon as possible.

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.

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There is so much magic in this book despite the fact that technically there is no magic in their world (talk about sounding confusing, right?).

I got a sampler of Children of Blood and Bone during YALC last year and it got me hooked. I kept bothering MyKindaBook/PanMacmillan to let me be part of whatever promotional tours they’d do because this sounded like an epic story I had to read. And I was not wrong.

This is a quest book, with very unique characters trying very hard to follow up with the view of the world they have seen. However the gods have other plans and challenge them to change those ways of seeing the world by making them interact in very interesting ways.

The reason it is missing a grey fox (.5 stars) is that it has SO many unique words it was very difficult to keep track of what was what and I could’ve done with a glossary or some kind of guide/help. This kept making me try to google some of them or to try to figure them out and that kept breaking the story so it was harder to get into it.

None of the characters are perfect but they aren’t the usual flawed way either. Their flaws come from their upbringing, from the view they have had of the world and how they have been taught to deal with things and how life has happened to them.  I think this was my favourite part, that it shows sometimes our ideas and opinions are shaped what what we have seen and sometimes we are blind to some things. It is up to us to decide what we do once the blindspots aren’t blinded anymore.

Moon Recommends

You pop again tomorrow so I can reveal how to find out what your Maji clan is! (I am part of the Welder clan). And hey, maybe getting Children of Blood and Bone is a good idea!

Subscription Boxes

Twisted Tales FairyLoot Unboxing

After skipping last month’s box, I am back on the game with February’s box.

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And I am glad about it, because look at that gorgeous exclusive book cover in hardback (and let’s go clockwise):

  • The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert. One of those books I was really excited about and this is my absolute favourite cover so I am SO glad about it.
  • Grimm Tales mug by Aunjuli Art. This is a dreamy mug so I am very happy for the design.
  • Poisonous Apple bath salts by Little Heart. I am eager to try them out!
  • Little Red Riding Hood woodmark by Ink and Wonder.
  • Fairyscoop, Twisted Tales theme card and bookmark.
  • The Witch and the Ginger Bread House socks by Fairyloot.
  • Hinterland Candle by Wick and Fable.
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Bookish Teas Anniversary Box

Bookish Teas makes the most amazing teas. They are inspired by books and characters and it is just the best tea I’ve had.

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The anniversary box was gorgeous, just look at all the goodies. Going clockwise, starting with the print on the left:

  • Anniversary Print by Kim Carlika. This is super dreamy, a lot of lovelies coming out of a cup of tea.
  • A pretty tin of fruit tea which is the anniversary tea.
  • All the feels candle by Glittering Flames, this has a soft flowery smells, quite interesting.
  • French Kiss tea, a green tea blend inspired by Anna and The French Kiss.
  • Thus with a Kiss I Die, a blend of black tea inspired by Romeo & Juliet.
  • Anna and the French Kiss sticker, which is very cute and it has a lovely romantic feel.
  • Anniversary tea mirror.

 

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Into Dystopia Book Box Club Unboxing

As you may already know (if you don’t you’ll soon find out), I have been subscribed to Book Box Club since they started and this box didn’t disappoint (it also had me guessing the book like crazy!)

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So let’s start this unboxing from the theme card (it’s at the bottom of the picture):

  • Into Dystopia theme card.
  • Orphan Monster Spy publisher’s promotional postcard.
  • Outwalkers by Fiona Shaw. Such a difficult book to find but it does look so gorgeous!
  • The Hazel Wood bookmarks (there’s a few others around the picture).
  • Orange Zest Gnaw chocolate (it is yummy, survival supplies indeed!)
  • Supplies to Stay Alive list pad by Bread and Jam. I love the fact that it has a magnetized strip at the back so it has gone on my fridge for all my shopping lists.
  • Handmaid’s Tale Cuff by Beautifully Bookish. It has the pseudo latin quote on it and it is very pretty (I tried very hard to show it off here in the picture but failed).
  • The Belles promotional postcard.
  • Dauntless Tea by Craft Tea Company. It has lemon grass so it absolutely wins in my books.
  • Scrolled clubhouse invite
  • And a gorgeous silver arrow pen by Book Box Club. It is amazing.

Another gorgeous box by the girls of Book Box Club. You can use code MOON17 for 5% off a subscription.

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As Cold As Ice Ninja Book Box

Ninja Book Box is all about indie books and indie/small businesses and it shows in their boxes.

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Starting with the gloves and going clockwise (the theme was about winter survival and cold):

  • Blue fingerless gloves, they are really soft and I love the mix of stitches in them.
  • Ninja Recipe for a Baked Alaska (pun in the name of the dessert to fit the theme).
  • Lanolin lip balm to help protect your lips (but lanolin in general is good) by Little Beau Sheep.
  • Lime and dark chocolate bar by Kentish Chocolates (my boyfriend loved it! I usually share my chocolate bars with him but this one he chomped away and wouldn’t share).
  • A snowflake charm by Ninja Book Box.
  • A swing kit in a small mason jar which is adorable and sweet and definitely helpful.
  • And the book, Dead of Winter by Gerri Brightwell.

I have to admit, I had forgotten i had subscribed to their boxes rather than purchased a one off for the anniversary box,  so this box was a suprise (woops). But it was a pleasant (and apparently yummy too) one!

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February Fantasy Leafer Box Unboxing

Here we go with Leafer Box, an easy accesible box, and of course it was about Love (and talking of love, I love that tissue paper they use in the boxes!)

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Let’s see what was inside, starting from the book and going clockwise:

  • Where Demons Fear to Tread by Stephanie Chong.
  • A beautiful silver feather necklace (it is glittery and very pretty).
  • Maya Gold Green & Black’s chocolate (there’s always chocolate in their boxes and I always rush to take the unboxing picture so I can dig in)
  • Heart bookmark, the little heart charm is very sweet.
  • Homemade candle, it smells softly of flowers and it’s a soft baby pink.

All in all a lovely box once again.

If you’d like to buy one, you can use code KESTREL10 for 10% off. You can find them here in several genres.

Book Review

The Fallen Kind Vol I: Ghosts Of Nunchi Review

The author was kind enough to provide me with a copy of the book for a honest review (he even signed it, which made me SO happy!!!!)

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The Fallen Kind Vol I: Ghosts Of Nunchi by M. Almelk

Following an apocalyptic near mass extinction, the lifeforms left behind on Casi – a planet of intriguing creatures and haunting landscapes – must find reason for their unexplained survival. 

In their bid to discover a mysterious place in which hope and desire still exist, Evan and Beveridge find they are not the only souls searching for the elusive Promised Land… 

Vol I of The Fallen Kind series.

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Let me start this by saying that the actual story was quite interesting and I kept wondering if they would be able to find the Promised Land or not and what would happen between them.

However, there was a lot of jumping of points of view and too many characters (I confused a couple every now and then, so yeah Law and Levi kept getting a bit jumbled for example). But I cared for them all and wanted to have them reach their goal.

Plus the book has some illustrations to help you visualise things and I also enjoyed that. Bonus for sure.

One thing that would’ve helped a lot would’ve been a glossary. But all in all if you like sci-fi and futuristic reads, give this a try.