October 2019 Fairyloot Unboxing!

 

 

Hey guys, another late post, after November 5 I should have my charger here and will do some mega bloghopping aaaaand, hopefully get back to a more normal routine.

For my birthday we had a busy time with the move and all, and when my husband asked me what I wanted for my birthday I asked if I could get the October Fairyloot…and of course he got it for me because we were able to afford it and he’s amazing.

So here we goooo

[SPOILERS AHEAD]

 

 

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Another pretty box which I will SHRED OPEN.

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I don’t feel bad for like ripping into this, I was way too excited given that it had vampire things in it. VAMPIRES. OCTOBER. ALL THE YES. And another awesome quote on the box too.

But what’s next….what’s inside? DUN DUN DUN

 

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Amazing art stuff, love the Fairyloot bookmark! I’ll be getting rid of the tarot cards and the Vampire art print. Beautiful art but these weren’t my things, I’m also passing along my Twilight sticker to someone more deserving than I. BUT still, look how gorgeous the art is on these things!

 

 

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Please try to ignore the dog hair. I vacuumed RIGHT before I took these photos, and the dog came along and shook herself on the rug as I took photos….she’s an ass. ANYWAY. I was really really really really [really x100] excited for these coasters. They are so amazingly aesthetic and we actually needed coasters too, so, two birds with one stone as they say. LOOK AT THE ADORABLE BAT! Onward we go!

 

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Guess who already wore this hat a couple of times? Me. Get it? ‘Bite Me?’ Vampires? Ahahaha….Okay I thought it was hilarious. I did get some odd looks though wearing this as I dropped the kid off at school…oh well! It’s really warm and cozy, I was afraid it would be maybe too light when I heard people mentioning getting a beanie, but it’s a good material and I love it!

 

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I’m a huge Dracula fan as I unashamedly admit to loving almost all adaptations to it along with the amazing original tale, so, this book sleeve, I screeched like a small child on Christmas. [Do they shriek? I feel like mine shrieked] and then I found out it had a zipper and it was like finding out a dress had pockets. I LOVE IT. Living somewhere where it rains so much [lol so, so much] I find that a book sleeve goes a long way here, an extra layer of protection for my books crammed in my backpack on the train.

 

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I always need more candles, like, I burn through them like I go through candy. I can’t help it, they smell nice and make me happy and make me feel cozy. So, give me an Anne Rice Vampire inspired candle that smells freakin amazing, and I will forever love you. Do you hear that Fairyloot? You’ve sucked me in!! Anyway, another great candle, and I am really enjoing the mix of scents, but especially the blood orange. [Get it? BLOOD orange? Ahahaha]

 

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We also got a pin, and I was so excited over it that I immediately put it on a pin banner that I got for my not collection of pins and didn’t want to take it off. Look at that bat! [Yes it’s the bat one!] I don’t really buy pins though I did splurge for the YALC Priory pin and bought the Phoenix Rider one, because, well #FirstRidersStreetTeam. The rest are just free ones I’ve gotten with preorders and the like, so getting the bat one made me super happy, it’s so cute!

 

Okay, are you all ready to see the book? Yaaaas? If not, look away!

Or don’t

 

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I included the Author interview, the letter from the Author and the awesome French Quarter map that came with this box. I went to school in Louisiana, no, not in New Orleans but I did go there a few times and have some great memories associated with it and I love architecture in the French Quarter [Built by the Spanish btw] and so having this book set in New Orleans with Vampires and mystery and amazingness, I needed it. So this is how we ended up with the October Fairyloot 2019 unboxing, because of this book haha, however I’ve loved most of the things in it and I can’t wait to get to wear my hat more and read this beautiful edition of ‘The Beautiful’ look at those sprayed edges!! LOOK AT THEM!

Did you get a box this month, or did you get something at all this month that you’re just raving about it?  Let me know in the comments!

 

 

 

 

October Rewind

 

A very busy month for me outside of books, so, not my usual amount of reads, and, I’m okay with that given how much I had to do. HOWEVER, I will say you can probably expect this to be the average amount of monthly reads until we hit January.

I’ll also be on holiday in a place with pretty sorry internet, so, for a couple of weeks in December all the posts will be scheduled ahead and I’ll be pretty quiet. Just like now. As I wait for my new charging cord. Still.

Anyway, onto the books!

 

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Shadows (Sapphire Smyth & The Shadow Five, #1)

 

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The Immortal City (The Magicians of Venice, #1)

 

 

Hood Academy

 

 

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The Christmas Holiday

The Art of Sherlock Holmes: USA 1 - Special Edition

 

Safe House

 

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The Gilded King (Sovereign, #1)

The Birthday House

 

War Girls (War Girls, #1)

 

The Widow Of Pale Harbour

The Deathless Girls

 

Gravemaidens (Gravemaidens, #1)

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The Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy, #3)

 

Foxfire, Wolfskin and Other Stories of Shape-Shifting Women

 

Women's Weird: Strange Stories by Women, 1890-1940

Total Count: 17

 

Posts From Around the Book Blogger Verse

Guys. I have to say, through the month I save the links for the posts I like but right now I can’t access my bookmarks as my laptop is dead and I can’t log onto feedly…so… I will note my patron’s blog and I will update this post with the rest of the other bookblogger posts later on this month.

Fictionally Sam October Wrap Up

 

My Other Posts

BEAutumn – Spell List

Off Balance – Cover Reveal

BE Autumn – Every Witch Needs a Familiar

BE Autumn -Study Group

Be Autumn – Fall In Love

Bookending Autumn – Candy Tag

Book Ending Autumn – 13 Days of Halloween

Book Ending Autumn – Monster Mash

Bookending Autumn – Which Witch?

WWW Wednesday

Cover Reveal: Dark Skies

 

Now, what’s on for next month?

Well, I’ll have a post about the Leigh Bardugo event I went to, and I’ll have less blog tours, but I’ve got some great picks. For now I’m back to battling the endless war of not having enough bookshelves.

Just a huge shout-out to this community, you all have been so great and have made book blogging so much fun. Always supportive and understanding, and not to mention I’ve made some incredible friends through it all.

 

Gravemaidens eARC Review

 

 

Gravemaidens (Gravemaidens, #1)

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GoodReads:
The start of a fierce fantasy duology about three maidens who are chosen for their land’s greatest honor…and one girl determined to save her sister from the grave.

In the walled city-state of Alu, Kammani wants nothing more than to become the accomplished healer her father used to be before her family was cast out of their privileged life in shame.

When Alu’s ruler falls deathly ill, Kammani’s beautiful little sister, Nanaea, is chosen as one of three sacred maidens to join him in the afterlife. It’s an honor. A tradition. And Nanaea believes it is her chance to live an even grander life than the one that was stolen from her.

But Kammani sees the selection for what it really is—a death sentence.

Desperate to save her sister, Kammani schemes her way into the palace to heal the ruler. There she discovers more danger lurking in the sand-stone corridors than she could have ever imagined and that her own life—and heart—are at stake. But Kammani will stop at nothing to dig up the palace’s buried secrets even if it means sacrificing everything…including herself.

Book Information:
Publisher: Delacorte Press/Random House
Pub Date: October 29, 2019
Formats: Hardback, Ebook, Audiobook
ISBN: 978-0-525-64782-9

Purchase Links

Amazon UK | Amazon US

[The purchase links above are Affiliated links, if you should purchase this book using one of those links then I will receive a small bit of money, but, this will cost nothing to you]

 

My Review

I finished my buddy read way quicker than I expected, I blame the author Kelly Coon for this. I was able to read the first eight chapters and have some semblance of self-control but after that, it was like I was gorging myself on cakes from the faerie realm, I could not put the book down.

Kammani was a really endearing protagonist, she had her faults, her passions, and the love for her family with her love of healing. And like any good big sister, she can be somewhat annoying and overbearing on her younger sister and brother.

Kammani wants to follow in the footsteps of her father, but the problem with that is that her Father has been just as tragically affected as the rest of the family and it has changed him.

I love that the characters were so real and flawed, no one was above making mistakes. There were so many moments where I was just holding my breath though because this is not only a great work of YA fantasy, it’s also got a murder mystery, AND YOU ALL KNOW HOW I LOVE MURDER MYSTERIES!

WHODUNNIT?!

This is mostly the question I was screeching through the novel.

Nanaea reminded me of how infuriating it can be to have sisters and though Kammani doesn’t always make the right choices, she makes them all out of love for Nanaea and her family. I loved getting to know more about both Nanaea and Kammani and the political intrigue in the palace made my dark little heart so happy! Not to mention the relationships that Kammani develops, the new friendships, well, it’s great and you really cheer on most of the characters, and there are times you’re just not sure who Kammani should trust.

Again….WHODUNNIT?

The fact that we’re not done with these characters is brilliant, the ending certainly had me lamenting the fact that I’ll have to wait to see what happens next.

Coon delightfully colors this vibrant world the characters live in, Alu just seems to come to life and jump right off the pages. She also doesn’t get too focused on small details, driving the plot and characters forward. \she also made me constantly hungry…seriously, where’s a damn honeycake when you need it??

Dagan was also a cute little cinnamon roll that I just wanted to protect half the time,m but the fact that he was always respectful of Kammani’s boundaries really made him such a great character, even when he thinks he’s pushed himself too far across a line, he’s quick to apologize and make amends as best he can.

[Disclosure: Nasu was my favorite, no regrets.]

I preordered this book because I mean, why wouldn’t I with a title like ‘Gravemaidens?’ But I’m super glad I did because I’ll be rereading this closer to the time of the second book’s release.

SO on that note, four massive cups of coffee from me for this amazing debut novel. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for a copy of this in exchange for my honest opinion!

 

About the Author

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Kelly Coon is a young adult author represented by Kari Sutherland of Bradford Lit, an editor for Blue Ocean Brain, a member of the Washington Post Talent Network, a former high school English teacher, and the author of two test prep guides, ACT STRATEGY SMART and ACE THE ACT.
Kelly was the test prep expert for About.com for seven years, and has been published with both Scholastic and MSN in the education arena. In the parenting realm, Kelly has been published in The Washington Post, Scary Mommy, ParentMap, Folks, and others sites, regaling tales of life in the trenches with her three boys. She adores giving female characters the chance to flex their muscles and use their brains, and wishes every story got the happy ending she’s living near Tampa with her sons, brilliant husband, and a rescue pup who will steal your sandwich. Gravemaidens is her debut novel.

Author Links

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

 

Thriller Thursday

 

Another Thriller Thursday kinda day, not to mention I have spammed you all to hell with Blog Tour Reviews this month.

I’m so sorry. I have no self-control.

However! I’ve now set a limit to how many tours I’ll accept, and I want to realy focus on my backlist and books I’ve been anticipating for months but still haven’t read.

Anyway, onto the main event of this!

Bookstagrammer Hiso_6 is doing a read-along for October and I’m excited to say that I’m joining in and reading…

GoodReads:
Welcome to Derry, Maine …

It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real …

They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them back to Derry to face the nightmare without an end, and the evil without a name.

This will be the whole month of October and considering I’m a big scaredy-cat, expect to hear me screeching from Scotland.

I’m still, unfortunately, waiting on my library copy but if I need to, I’ll hunt down a used paperback.

I also plan on reading Misery this month if I get the chance as I already own this one.

Also, I’m the co-host in a read-along for Fawkes in October via Instagram, so if you want to join in, message me on Instagram, but it’s not a thriller, I’m just really excited lol.

Sunday I’ll be posting my spooky read recs, and other spooky reads I’ll be trying to read for October but I thought I’d share the read-along here.

Anyone else doing read-alongs for October? What about participating in BE Autumn?? I can’t wait for October!