Book International Giveaway

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To celebrate my Bookstagram anniversary, I’m holding an International book giveaway where there will be two winners. One winner will win a book of their choice equivalent to $25 and another winner will be an Australian based person who will win a bookish swag pack (candles, book art, book prints, etc.). 

For more details, check out my Bookstagram.

For more details of my International Book Giveaway, check out my Bookstagram. Here is the post.

 

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Bookstaversary (Bookstagram Anniversary)

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Like many people, I’ve always enjoyed reading and then stumbled a little corner of the internet filled with fellow book lovers. I discovered Bookstagram, Booktube, and later, Book twitter and loved the concept of it. After many hours (possibly hours) of perusing Bookstagram and binge-watching Booktube, I decided to join the Book community. One year later, and who knows how much dollars spent, I’ve joined a beautiful community and filled the spaces of both my bookshelf and heart with amazing friends and books. 

I’ve made many book friends in the book community and they spark so much joy in my life. Not only do they hold bookish chats, readathons, but also go above and beyond and somehow sent me bookish candles for my birthday. How sweet and thoughtful! 

The candles my beautiful bookish friends gifted me included two candles—’Cardan’ and ‘Jude’. The two candles are inspired by the characters in The Folk in the Air trilogy (The Cruel Prince). The Cardan candle has a fruity aroma and smells so delicious! On the other hand, the Jude candle smells of cinnamon. Also, not only do these candles smell amazing, they are also gorgeous to look at!

Anyway, the past year has been truly amazing and I am so glad to have joined the online book community.

Bookstagram made me do it. Cruel Prince was the first book Bookstagram influenced me to read. This book is Illumicrate’s edition of The Cruel Prince. Also, look at the gorgeous candles my Bookstagram fam gifted me—aren’t they so pretty?

 

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Sneaking through the window | Book Rambles

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Hello, everyone! My apologies for being a little MIA here. As some of you may or may not know, I’m a frontline worker. More specifically, my specialty lies in critical care (ughh I hate saying that lol). I’ll be honest, given the whole situation in the world, I’ve been feeling quite discouraged. Other than what’s going in the world, work had been (and continues to be) tough and whilst I work with amazing people like with every job, things can be busy and/or overwhelming. Not only that, I had a situation that made me question a few things and as a result lost inspiration to read, blog, and go on Bookstagram.

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Of The Blood | Review

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𝐓𝐢𝐭𝐥𝐞: Of The Blood

𝐀𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐫: Cameo Renea

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

𝐑𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠: ★★☆☆☆

I’ll be honest, the cover sucked me right in. The characters look intriguing and deadly. And the premise is promising! However, upon reading this, I discovered this was going to be difficult to rate because whilst I can appreciate this book for what it is, it wasn’t for me.

 

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The Raven and The Dove| Review

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Title: The Raven and The Dove

Author: Kaitlyn Davis

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Retelling

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

 

 

 

 

 

Told in a multiple third-person point-of-view, The Raven and The Dove is an intriguing tale of love, betrayal, and destiny. Following four characters, we witness this spectacular avian-inspired world unfurl through the eyes of a privileged yet caged Princess, an ambitious Prince, a scorned bastard, and the mysterious best friend.

The Raven and The Dove takes place in a floating kingdom far up in the open sky. The Royal Houses rule the isles with each house representing a different bird with different gods and culture. The story begins with the introduction of the courtship trials. The courtship trials is a significant event where the princess and princes of each House must win a partner.

At the dawn of the courtship trials, where the princess or prince must secure a… mate, we follow Lyana, the dove princess from the House of Peace. Upon discovering a shared secret, she then chooses the most unexpected person as her partner—the raven prince of House of Whispers. However, as secrets begin to unfurl, forbidden magic starts to manifest, and prophecies take place, there is so much more to come.

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Monthly Wrap-Up: April 2020

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What Grew in Larry’s Garden • Children’s Fiction • ★★★★
I Dream of a Journey • Children’s Fiction • ★★★★
The Fox and the Little Tanuki • Manga, Fantasy • ★★★★
Doctor Mouse • Children’s Fiction • ★★★
Why Do We Cry? • Children’s Fiction • ★★★★★
It Sounded Better in my Head • Young Adult, Contemporary • ★★★★
Ghosted in LA • Graphic Novel • ★★★
Cruel Beauty • Young Adult, Fantasy • ★★★★
Coraline • Children’s Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy • ★★★★
Lemon Child • Children’s Fiction • ★★★★
If You Were Night • Children’s Fiction • ★★★★
Bibi & Miyu • Manga, Fantasy • ★★★★
So You Want To Talk About Race • Non-fiction • ★★★★★
Time for Bed’s Story • Children’s Fiction • ★★★★
Little Wise Wolf • Children’s Fiction • ★★★

I read a total of 15 books, the majority of them were e-books and eARCs and a few were audiobooks. I highly enjoyed Coraline and highly recommend So You Want To Talk About Race.

This or That Thursdays |YA Book Covers

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Not all dust jackets are the same for every book. My naive self never connected the dots on how there some books have different covers depending on the region. ANYWAY! I decided to do something fun—’This or That Thursdays’ where I compare different covers of the same book.

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Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

I don’t know about you, but I’m biased. I prefer books with no real faces on it as I’d like to imagine characters freely. Although, I’ll admit that the US version is very eye-catching but I just love how inviting and intriguing the UK version is.

Winner: UK Cover


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Title: Nevernight

Both covers are beautiful and I would normally pick the US cover—I just love the symmetry with the art, however, the intricate details on the US cover is so gorgeous.

Winner: UK Cover


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Title: Caraval

Now here’s a tough decision. Both are gorgeous. However, I’d have to pick the US cover. It sparks more of a magical and grand atmosphere and it’s bright and vivid. Very eye-catching! If this was a lamp and a moth moment, I’m the moth and the US version is the lamp. So pretty.

Winner: US Cover


Out of the covers, which ones did you prefer?

Unboxing: OwlCrate February 2020

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As you can see, it was such a beautiful and colourful month.

First and foremost, the book: All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace. The exclusive dust jacket changes to more of a turquoise colour scheme. Also, just take a gander at the book naked! It’s a beautiful fuschia colour with a silver embossing of a crown. Love it.

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There’s even a spine change. Instead of the original design of waves, we have a sword. In terms of design, it feels more cohesive with the sword. I love OwlCrate’s version.

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The signature. I’m part of an online community where we share our bookish thoughts and we’ve noticed that different books have different coloured signatures. There were pink, purple, blue, etc. My signature was turquoise.

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Monthly pin: All the Stars and Teeth inspired pin designed by @thatslovelydearshop

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Mistborn inspired bento box created by Team OwlCrate. I love how there’s compartments and the inclusion of chopsticks and a spoon. I just wish there were a fork, too!

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Throne of Glass inspired deck of cards designed by Jo Painter, Salome Totladze, Diana Dworak, Jana Runneck (designed and painted the characters) and Michelle Gray (designed the cards and packaging).

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A closer view so we can admire the art.

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The Magicians inspired Keychain by Blooming Library and the Truthwitch inspired bookmark was designed by Hey Atlas Creative. The bookmarks came in pairs and I already gave one of my bookmarks to someone.

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Wicked Saints inspired Screen cleaning cloth (double-sided). Art designed by Nicole Deal and the lettering was by Leaf and Lore.

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A sneak peek of an upcoming book: Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

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I absolutely loved this box. I loved the practicality of the items and I loved the book. Usually, I’m not a fan of Owlcrate’s cover changes (or cover changes in general), however, I just loved this month’s dust jacket design change. The colours are bright and vivid. Turquoise is such a unique and beautiful colour. I rarely see it on young adult books, so I really appreciate the cover change here.

What are your thoughts on February’s box? Any favourite items?

If you’d like to check out the artist’s Instagram handle, I’ve tagged them all on my post on IG.

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Monthly Wrap Up: February 2020

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Despite being a relatively short month, I managed to squeeze 11 books in February (although the majority of them were e-books and graphic novels so they were quick and easy). The trick? I’ve joined NetGalley and decided to use it more and write more reviews.

Of the 11 books, two were young adult genres, four were manga/graphic novels, and five were children’s fiction. My average rating for this month was 3. In terms of rating, that’s pretty good.

Overall, this was a pretty good month. I’m usually a mood-reader, so I’m not too fussed with reading goals. Rather, I prefer to enjoy the books than read a high number.

Of the 11 books I read, I physically own two and here they are naked.