Extra, Fae Crate Unboxings

Fae Crate Unboxing | Fate’s Design (May 2019)

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Hello Lovelies! After years of looking at other bloggers/bookstagrammers unboxings, I finally decided to buy a book subscription box for myself. It took a few days to decide which one because there are SO MANY great companies out there, but I ultimately decided to go with Fae Crate. They are stationed in my country (the US), the High Ladies that run the box are incredibly nice, and the items in their boxes each month have always intrigued me.

I am SO glad that I decided to buy the box for May because, starting that month, each box will come with a special collector’s coin that is based on a different fandom each month. Also, the items that came in the box blew me away and I could not stop screeching with joy!

Anyways, here is my unboxing of Fae Crate’s May box!


May’s Theme:

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Let’s start off with this month’s theme which was Fate’s Design! I loved this theme and I was SO excited when I learned that the art work was based off of the series, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor! I might not have enjoyed this series as much as other people did, but I can’t deny that the world and imagery that Laini Taylor created is anything other than pure magic. I loved the art work that Gabriella Bujdoso created for this month and I just can’t stop staring!!! Madrigal and Karou look so beautiful!!!


The Box Itself:

I thought I’d start with pictures of the box itself for those that haven’t seen it before. I must say, I love everything about this book and the way it looks. The color and logo fit the company perfectly, the *CAUTION: magic inside* lid is absolutely adorable, and the sides that have the company slogan which say “Let’s live a thousand lives together” just warms my heart.


The Items in the Box:

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DOSAB Book Slip ~ Based on the art work for this month’s theme, this lovely book slip was included in the box. I’ve already talked about the art work so you know how much I love it, but the book slip itself I love as well. It is just so beautiful and silky feeling! I have never used a book slip before but I want to now!

Have you used one? Please let me know in the comments what you think of them and if they serve their purpose.

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TBR Pen ~ I love this pen! It writes with the same color ink as the color of the box and the sayings on the sides fit me perfectly! The main writing on the pen says, “To read or not to read? That is the question.” It then has many smaller texts that change with each time you click the pen. They say:

  • You’ll need your hangover kit.
  • All pages point to yes!
  • It’s going to be an all-nighter…
  • This one’s going to hurt
  • #nextobsession
  • (Swipe Left)

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Furyborn Enamel Necklace ~ I haven’t read Furyborn yet and it has been on my TBR for a while now, but this necklace bumped it up to the top of my list! It’s just so beautiful and fits the book’s cover perfectly!

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Magnus Von Magnus Incense Set ~ The inscription on the lid says, “Incense in the Fashionable Stylings of Magnus Von Magnus. The Harbinger of Debauchery”. This incense set is dedicated to the magnificent Magnus Bane from the Shadowhunter Chronicles! How could I not love it?!?! And it truly smells magnificent! I can’t get enough!

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Shoppe of Fortunes Banner ~ This banner is by Blissfully Bookish Tees and I couldn’t be more intrigued by it! I am and always will be a Harry Potter fan so any item like this is truly a treasure to me! I have a place on my wall picked out already for where this is gonna go when I finish moving.


Monthly Polaroid and Coin:

For those that don’t know, each month Fae Crate has a monthly Polaroid picture that they include and (starting this month) a monthly coin. These are exclusive to each month and you cannot get them again. Fae Crate announces what the Polaroid is to look like and what fandom the coin is going to be from on their Instagram. I highly encourage you to check them out so you can decide if you want a box before they sell out!

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Wrath & the Dawn Polaroid ~ The art for this Polaroid is by lemoncielart. I haven’t read this duology yet, but I am dying to now! This Polaroid is just so cute and I need to know these characters!!! (And after seeing Aladdin in the theaters, I’m really feeling this sort of book right now)

A Darker Shade of Magic Coin ~ The Fae Crate logo side of this coin fit the whole vibe of the company to a tee and the ADSOM side of the coin blew me away. I might not be the biggest fan of that trilogy, but the “I am not most girls” quote on the coin spoke to me so much!!

June and July’s Polaroid and Coin have already been announced and they are:

  • June ~ Warcross Polaroid and The Raven Cycle Coin
  • July ~ Carry On Polaroid and The Young Elites Coin

The Monthly Ebook Download:

Each month not only does Fae Crate include a hardcover book, but they also include a code so you can download a free ebook! The ebook for this month was Imber (Thanatos Trilogy #1) by Tyffany Hackett. I haven’t read it yet, but I added it to my TBR because it sounds really interesting!


Book of the Month:

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The Book of the Month was Lovestruck by Kate Watson. The hardcover included in the box for this month was a Fae Crate exclusive which means that you can’t get it anywhere else! The cover on the left is the original and the cover on the right is the exclusive.

The book also came with a letter from the author and a signed book plate (which I have already added to inside the book).

 


Thank you for joining me today! I had so much fun opening this box and talking about all of the bookish items inside! I also love Fae Crate and all of the girls that work there. They went out of their way to make sure I got my box while I was moving and I will never forget it considering the month I’ve had. What about you? Do you subscribe to Fae Crate? Do you subscribe to any other monthly book boxes? What do you think of my unboxing and the items in this month’s box? Please let me know!

~๐’œ๐“Š๐“‰๐“Š๐“‚๐“ƒ ๐Ÿ’•

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | Unpopular Bookish Opinions

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Hello Lovelies! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is Unpopular Bookish Opinions. I have a lot of those and I actually had to narrow this list down to only ten.

A lot of these opinions are about popular series so please don’t be upset if I dislike your favorite series. We all have different opinions and there are going to be people out there that hate your favorite book. For example, my favorite author is Sarah J. Maas and not a day goes by where I don’t see some negativity towards her books on the internet.

Anyways, here are some of my unpopular opinions:


๐Ÿ. ๐‹๐ž๐ข๐ ๐ก ๐๐š๐ซ๐๐ฎ๐ ๐จ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ž๐

Everyone seems to LOVE Leigh Bardugo and worship the ground she walks on. I have tried both the Grisha trilogy and Six of Crows and neither one blew me away.


๐Ÿ. ๐€๐‚๐Ž๐…๐€๐’ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ๐ง’๐ญ ๐š ๐›๐š๐ ๐›๐จ๐จ๐ค

Everyone seems to hate this book and almost no one that I have seen likes it. But I do. Was it the best book in the series? No. But did I enjoy getting to see the characters and see them relax for once? YES!!


๐Ÿ‘. ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐‘๐š๐ฏ๐ž๐ง ๐‚๐ฒ๐œ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐๐ซ๐š๐ฐ๐ง ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐ญ๐ฐ๐จ ๐›๐จ๐จ๐ค๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ

I read this whole series and the last two books were just a waste of my time. Nothing really happened and everything that did was boring… I love the characters to pieces but the story should have been over way before it was.


๐Ÿ’. ๐๐ฎ๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐€๐ข๐ซ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ƒ๐š๐ซ๐ค๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐›๐š๐

Cassandra Clare is my second favorite author and I have loved her books for six years now. But QoAaD was just a giant let down.

My review isย here if you want to read it. I go into a lot more detail about why I disliked the book in it.


๐Ÿ“. ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐‡๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ซ ๐†๐š๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ๐ง’๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ ๐จ๐จ๐

I tried to read this series and I made it about halfway through the first book before I just couldn’t do it anymore. I hated the romance and the movies were better.


๐Ÿ”. ๐๐จ๐จ๐ค๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ฌ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ง’๐ญ ๐œ๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฒ

A lot of BookTubers or bloggers that I have seen seem to hate romance books for their sex scenes and find them extremely awkward/cringy. Well I don’t. I LOVE romance books and there is nothing wrong with smut to me!


๐Ÿ•. ๐ƒ๐ž๐œ๐ค๐ฅ๐ž๐ ๐ž๐๐ ๐ž๐ฌ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐ข๐ง ๐š๐ง๐ง๐จ๐ฒ๐ข๐ง๐ 

I bought a couple of books with deckled edges not knowing what hell I would go through while reading the books. I swear it would take me like 30 seconds to just flip one page! UGH!!


๐Ÿ–. ๐‚๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ฆ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ ๐›๐จ๐จ๐ค๐ฌ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐›๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐ 

Maybe it’s because I am used to fantasy books, but whenever I read a contemporary now, I am just bored to tears. They don’t have that risk factor that fantasy books have. I typically end up DNFing it or only reading extremely dark contemporaries now.


๐Ÿ—. ๐‘๐ž๐š๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ง ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐›๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐š๐ญ ๐š ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ๐จ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ 

I see other bloggers talk about reading three and four books at a time and I just can’t do it! I have read two books at a time once and I hated it. I kept getting confused and would have to reread chapters. It was a disaster.


๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ. ๐‡๐š๐ฏ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ง ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ฉ๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐ฆ๐ž ๐›๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ

I used to see bloggers have more than one copy of the same book on their shelves and I thought that they were crazy! It seemed like a waste of money and shelf space to me. Two years and six copies of Kingdom of Ash alone on my shelf, I would have to say I disagree. It’s GREAT!!! ๐Ÿ˜‚


Thank you for joining me on Top Ten Tuesday! I loved writing my unpopular bookish opinions and I would love for you to let me know what you think! And I would love to read yours! If you have done this post, feel free to leave a link to yours down below!

~๐’œ๐“Š๐“‰๐“Š๐“‚๐“ƒ ๐Ÿ’•

2019 Wrap Ups

May Wrap Up & Life Update | 2019 Wrap Ups

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Life Update:

Hello Lovelies! I’m not gonna lie, May was the hardest month of my entire life. My mother had a heart attack on May 16th and was in the ICU until she passed away on May 22nd.

For those that don’t know, my mom was my best friend. Everything is too insufficient of a word to describe what she was to me. She made me into who I am today and losing her has been excruciating. It hasn’t completely sunk in yet and I do believe I am in the denial phase.

All of this has led me to taking a two week break from social media and my blog. I even took a break from reading entirely. I am back now, I just don’t know if I am going to be as active as I was. Grief is a weird thing and you never know when it’s going to sprout up out of no where. So just bare with me in the coming months.


May Wrap Up:

Total Books Read: 8

Total Pages Read: 1,838

Books I DNF’d: 2

Average Rating: 3.5 Stars

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Genre: ADULT Reverse Harem Contemporary Romance

I loved the first book in this series and the second one was no different. I could not get enough of this book and I need the final book like I need air!


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Genre: ADULT Reverse Harem Contemporary Romance

As explained in my review of this book, the pacing of this book completely threw me off and I had to DNF it. I am still interested in the characters though and might eventually come back to it.


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Genre: NEW ADULT Fantasy

I reread my favorite book this month and I loved every minute of it! I took my time, tabbed all of my favorite sections, and picked up on some foreshadowing that I didn’t last time.


I also read three adult contemporaries this month. All of them were short and similar in plot so it wasn’t worth making individual sections for them all. They were:


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Genre: NEW ADULT Reverse Harem Paranormal Romance

I read the first two books in the Fated Wings series this month and, while I enjoyed them, I wasn’t as impressed with it as C.R. Jane’s other series The Sound of Us. I am still debating on if I will be continuing the series or not.


Thank you for joining me today! If you have made it this far, I really thank you! I hope you enjoyed my Wrap Up and please feel free to leave a link to yours down below so I can check it out!

~๐’œ๐“Š๐“‰๐“Š๐“‚๐“ƒ ๐Ÿ’•