October 2016 Wrap-Up

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Okay, this has been a pretty crappy reading month haha! I have been listening to Audiobooks more than actually reading. But I am back into reading again the last couple days! So hopefully next month is better!


Books read:

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Yep, that’s right, I only finished reading one book this month!

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Audiobooks listened to:

I did listen to 2 audiobooks though and I also started a 3rd.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and narrated by Stephen Fry

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and narrated by Stephen Fry

Started Reading/Listening:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling and narrated by Stephen Fry 

I have currently listened to 32% of this Audiobook

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

And I have read 292 pages out of 428

What I posted:

Reviews

Monthlys

Memes

Top Ten Tuesday

Top 5 Wednesday

WWW Wednesday

Book Travelling Thursday

Friday Finds

Unboxings

Tags & Awards

Other

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October Haul

The Book Depository links are the paperback editions..


Physical Copies:

I’m kind annoyed as I already have the first book and it is the regular sized book and these were the smaller books and they aren’t as good a quality! They feel like the cheap mass produced copies..

I have bought the Supernatural books just to give them ago! I have no idea what to expect with them as I have mostly seen meh reviews for them! So let me know if you have read any of them and what you thought?! I have watched season 1 to 9 of the Supernatural seasons in order, so I’m hoping these are good as I loved the TV show!

Well these are books that I received in Subscription boxes this month (I received both September YA Chronicles, October YA Chronicles and the Gemina in the mail this month)

iBooks and eBooks:

Audiobooks:

Subscription Boxes:

Funko Pops:

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  • Quidditch Harry Potter
  • Yule Ball Ron Weasley
  • Triwizard Tournament Harry Potter

Well that I think is everything! I may have missed something but I don’t remember haha.

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How?!?!? I forgot!! Addition to November Monthly Releases!

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Okay, so I did my November Monthly Releases yesterday and I completely forgot to put Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them on there!

So here is an addition to yesterday’s post!


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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Original Screenplay) by J.K. Rowling

Even though I strongly disliked Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which was partly because of the format, I am still going to read this book!
I dislike that it is another Screenplay, but at least this time I will be about to see the media that goes along with it. That is what disappointed me most about Cursed Child, I live in Australia and can barely make enough money to live.. I can’t afford to go and see the play! The least they could have done was recorded one of the live shows so that the rest of the world could actually see it! Whereas Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them I can at least see the movie that goes along with it and I’m so excited!

Release Date: 18th November

When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt’s fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone…

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. Featuring a cast of remarkable characters, this is epic, adventure-packed storytelling at its very best.

Whether an existing fan or new to the wizarding world, this is a perfect addition to any reader’s bookshelf.


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Friday Finds – 28th October

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This meme allows you to post the books that you have found or discovered this week and added to your To Read pile. This can include books you discover online, bookstores or libraries and you don’t have to have purchased the books.

Add me on Goodreads!


These are all the books that I added to my Goodreads this week.

A lot of these books will be from my November Releases!

The Snowfang Bride (Snowfang #1) by Merry Ravenell

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis

Centuries of political games killed most of the female werewolves. Now only a few survive, and the Elders work to change the old ways of thinking.

Winter, the only daughter of the SilverPaw Alpha, finally meets the soul Gaia has chosen for her: Sterling, the cold, demanding, and entirely-too-human Alpha of the tiny SnowFang pack.

Thrust into a world of human wealth for which she was never prepared, Winter must become Sterling’s flawless wife and Luna from the moment she arrives. The city is full of threats, both werewolf and human, and Sterling’s past is full of secrets best left undisturbed.

When they are betrayed by those closest to them, Winter and Sterling embark on a dangerous game of brinkmanship that will change their lives, and the future of the werewolves, forever.

Sky Road Walker by S.M. Carrière

Genre: Unknown (It doesn’t say on goodreads and I have looked other places but can’t find anything.. The Synopsis also doesn’t tell me much.)

Goodreads Synopsis

The Seeker’s Son has taken one,
The Seeker’s Son takes two.
The Seeker’s Son takes another one,
The Seeker’s Son seeks you.

Chased by wraiths of dark smoke, without knowledge of the land in which I found myself or memory of my life and purpose, I became embroiled in a perilous quest to restore the throne of a fading Empire. Little did I know how dangerous a task that would prove to be.
This is my story; the tale of the Sky Road Walker.

Sky Road Walker is the first of the democratically created Your Very Own Adventure books by author S.M. Carrière.

Proceeds from the sale of this book will go to The Ottawa Caring and Sharing Exchange, a charity which provides relief and dignity during difficult times of the year.

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

Genre: Science Fiction, YA

Goodreads Synopsis

A Diabolic is ruthless. A Diabolic is powerful. A Diabolic has a single task: Kill in order to protect the person you’ve been created for.

Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The two have grown up side by side, but are in no way sisters. Nemesis is expected to give her life for Sidonia, and she would do so gladly. She would also take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe.

When the power-mad Emperor learns Sidonia’s father is participating in a rebellion, he summons Sidonia to the Galactic court. She is to serve as a hostage. Now, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia. She must become her. Nemesis travels to the court disguised as Sidonia—a killing machine masquerading in a world of corrupt politicians and two-faced senators’ children. It’s a nest of vipers with threats on every side, but Nemesis must keep her true abilities a secret or risk everything.

As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns there is something more to her than just deadly force. She finds a humanity truer than what she encounters from most humans. Amidst all the danger, action, and intrigue, her humanity just might be the thing that saves her life—and the empire.

The Amateurs (The Amateurs #1) by Sara Shepard

Genre: Mystery, YA

Goodreads Synopsis

As soon as Seneca Frazier sees the post on the Case Not Closed website about Helena Kelly, she’s hooked. Helena’s high-profile disappearance five years earlier is the one that originally got Seneca addicted to true crime. It’s the reason she’s a member of the site in the first place.

So when Maddy Wright, her best friend from the CNC site, invites Seneca to spend spring break in Connecticut looking into the cold case, she immediately packs her bag. But the moment she steps off the train in trendy, glamorous Dexby, things begin to go wrong. Maddy is nothing like she expected, and Helena’s sister, Aerin Kelly, seems completely hostile and totally uninterested in helping with their murder investigation.

But when Brett, another super user from the site, joins Seneca and Maddy in Dexby, Aerin starts to come around. The police must have missed something, and someone in Dexby definitely has information they’ve been keeping quiet.

As Seneca, Brett, Maddy, and Aerin begin to unravel dark secrets and shocking betrayals about the people closest to them, they seem to be on the murderer’s trail at last. But somewhere nearby the killer is watching . . . ready to do whatever it takes to make sure the truth stays buried.

Weregirl by C.D. Bell

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis

Eager to escape her small hometown, high school junior Nessa Kurland is focused on winning a college scholarship for cross-country running. A chance encounter with a trapped wolf while out on a run leads to powerful and frightening changes, and one day, Nessa is transformed into a full werewolf. Now Nessa must navigate the challenges of high school while coming face to face with true human darkness, as she tries to make peace with her new wild nature.

Timekeeper (Timekeeper #1) by Tara Sim

Genre: Diverse, Science Fiction, Fantasy, YA

Two o’clock was missing.

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.

Shadow Fall (Shadow Fall #1) by Audrey Grey 

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, YA

The asteroid hurtling toward the earth will kill billions.

The Emperor and his Gold Court will be safe in their space station, watching from the stars. The Silvers will be protected underground. But the Bronzes must fight it out at the Shadow Trials for the few remaining spots left on the space station.

When an enigmatic benefactor hands Maia Graystone a spot in the Trials, she won’t just get a chance at salvation for her and her baby brother, Max: She gets to confront the mother who abandoned her in prison, the mad Emperor who murdered her father, and the Gold prince who once loved her. But it’s the dark bastard prince she’s partnered with that will make her question everything, including her own heart. With the asteroid racing closer every day, Maia must trust someone to survive.

The question is who?


Well, that’s all the books I added to my goodreads To-Read this week! What was the last book you added to your goodreads to-read??

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October World of Wizardry Geek Gear Subscription Box Unboxing

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Well, my second subscription box unboxing of the day! I love YA Chronicles, but the World of Wizardry Geek Gear box is a lot more exciting! That is purely because the entire box is Harry Potter themed!

What you need to know about the subscription box

So first I’ll tell you all you need to know about this Subscription box.

Here is the link to the website.

This subscription box is based in the UK and I live in Australia.. So, I will have UK pricing and Australia, but only shipping prices for Australia.

This subscription service offers a standard GeekGear box, a Harry Potter themed box (World of Wizardry), Mystery Mixed Past BoxMagical Mug Gift Box & Magical Git Box.

They also offer an automatically renewable subscription that is cheaper than a non-subscription. The links above are for the non-subscription box and here is the link for the cheaper auto renewal subscription.

World of Wizardry box and GeekGear boxes (Non-Subscription) are both £24.99 or $41.69 AUD
World of Wizardry box and GeekGear boxes (Automatic Renewal) are both £19.99 or $33.37 AUD
Mystery Mixed Past Box is £12.99 or $21.69 AUD
Magical Mug Gift Box is £9.99 or $16.67 AUD
Magical Gift Box is £19.99 or $33.37 AUD

Shipping to Australia is £5.99 or $10.00 AUD
Which is extremely good compared to a majority of international subscription boxes!

What I received

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Platform 9 3/4 Metal Wall Sign

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Hang this beautiful sign onto your wall! But remember, it doesn’t mean that you can walk through it! *Attempt as your on risk!

I Solemnly Swear that I am up to no good!

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Enjoy your drinks in this mysterious plastic cup! Perfect for on the go!

Mischief Managed!

Hogwarts Prefect Pin Badge

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You have been chosen to be prefect of your house! Wear it with pride!

Harry Potter Illustration Calendar 2017

Amazing artwork from the Harry Potter world!

Some of these images are off Pottermore and some are from the illustrated editions by Jim Kay and other I have never seen before!

Hogwarts House Poster

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Hang up your poster and show how proud you are of your house!

Hogwarts Ribbon

We have had a lot of requests for our ribbon we used a few months back! Perfect to wrap a gift for that special someone!

Hogwarts Double Sided Print

High Quality double sided print, one side showing the beautiful Hogwarts Castle, the other a sign of Platform 9 3/4! Which one to show? That’s up to you!

Proclamation Poster!

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Remember to always stick by these rules!!

Not!

I Solemnly Swear T-Shirt

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Beautifully designed T-Shirt!

You either receive the Purple or the Grey T-Shirt!


Well, that’s it! That’s all I received in the mail today and my next post will be my Friday Finds!!

Again let me know any recommendations for subscription boxes I should try! Especially if you are Australian!

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October 2016 The YA Chronicles Subscription Box Unboxing

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So, today I received my October YA Chronicles and my October Geek Gear boxes, so the unboxings for both of those will be going up today! Along with my Friday Finds post which I do ever Friday.. So sorry for spamming the feed today! But I want to get them up now as I hate Scheduling posts and I will be busy Saturday and Sunday I want to start my Hauls, Wrap Ups and TBRs for the end of the month.. So my bad, but it’s going to happen haha.


What You Need To Know About the Subscription Box

The YA Chronicles is based in Australia so for me this is great, being Australian the shipping is pretty cheap and the box gets to me quickly!

Here is the link to their website!

It says on the website that there is international shipping, so I’m assuming they ship everywhere, so I’m sorry if they don’t ship to your country!

I will only be posting costing in AUD, so if you want to know what it would cost in your country then you can go here to convert it, or comment your currency and I will tell you.

Cost of the Box: $29.99 AUD
Shipping to Aus and NZ: $9.99 AUD (this includes tracking)
Shipping internationally: $24.99 AUD (this includes tracking)

Also, this subscription box is not automatically recurring, so you do have to purchase it every month, which is good because it means you can easily pick and choose the themes that you want to purchase

In this box every month, you receive a new release paperback YA book, a TYAC bookmark with that month’s theme on the back and 2-5 other bookish items. Each month is themed and the theme is announced as soon as the subscription box goes on sale!


What I received this month!

Volume Fourteen: Against All Odds

I will write under each photo what is written on the description card that you get in the box.

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Manon Lip Balm

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We absolutely love BehindThePages’ products and so we definitely had to include a Manon Lip Balm from her new range of Book Girlfriend Scents. Made from all natural products, it smells of dragons blood, rain, fire, amber moss and teak. The colour of the wingleader’s iron teeth, the balm glides on smooth to nourish your lips.

Behind The Pages Etsy shop 

Also,  I’m assuming the Manon is from Throne of Glass.. I haven’t read the books, I just googled it.

Honestly, I won’t be using this.. The actual product is great a sparkly and that colour comes off on your lips and makes them look bruised and also in my opinion it stinks.. I do like BehindThePages other products!

Six of Crows Temporary Tattoo

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Join Kaz’s crew and become a dreg with your Six of Crows Temporary Tattoo with Special thanks to Hachette for the design, printed by yours truly.

Camp Half-Blood Necklace

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Show your love for all things Demigod with this Camp Half-Blood Necklace. Join a Cabin and wear it with pride. A teenage boy and his equally young friends,winning against the greek gods of old. Who would have thought?

Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven

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Jennifer Niven has done it again with another heart-wrenching story. Holding Up The Universe is our book of the month and it is a beautifully poignant novel. Everyone thinks they know Libby and Jack. She was dubbed America’s fattest teen and he is the most popular guy in school. But don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Thanks to a cruel joke, they are brought together find some thing they never thought they would find in each other.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. 

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

Links to Goodreads and Book Depository

The YA Chronicles Bookmark

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As usual, I also receive The YA Chronicles bookmark that you get in each box and has the months theme on the back.


Let me know if you have any suggestions for Subscription boxes! Especially Australian like myself.

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Book Travelling Thursday – A Spooky Read

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Book Travelling Thursday is a weekly meme created by Danielle and Cátia. All you have to do is a pick a book that is related to the theme, the themes are announced on the Goodreads page. Once you have chosen a book you need to find the original cover, the covers from your country, your favourite cover and your least favourite cover.

This week’s prompt is: Halloween is here! Choose a spooky read that you have either read or want to read.

I chose A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and this is a book that is on my TBR.


Original Cover:

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Cover from my Country:

Again, no Australian book cover

Favourite Covers:

Left: Candlewick Press 2013 Release
Middle: Candlewick Press Movie-Tie in 2016 Release
Right: Original Candlewick Press edition.

I love the one on the right as it looks creepy and sounds like it would match the story.

Least Favourite:

Left: Walker Books Un-illustrated edition 2015 Release
Right: Spanish Nube De Tinta 2014 Release

These covers are just kinda boring to me.


Well, that’s it for today! Let me know which cover you like best and send me a link to your BTT!

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