January 2017 Haul

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These are all the books, subscription boxes and bookish things that I purchased this year!


Physical Books:

Audiobooks:

Subscription Boxes:


Well, that is all.. Didn’t get any Funko’s this month, unfortunately!! Next month!

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February 2017 Anticipated Releases

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Here is all the books that sound interesting and I’m keen to read. Even though it probably won’t be for a while as I’m trying to read the books I have and also finish series that I started. I will also add in some sequels to books that I am interested in starting that are being released in February.


 Anticipated Releases

Gilded Cage by Vic James

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Genre: Fantasy YA
Pages: 368
Publication Date: 14th February, 2017
Publishers: Del Rey Books

Goodreads Synopsis:

Not all are free. Not all are equal. Not all will be saved.

Our world belongs to the Equals — aristocrats with magical gifts — and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England’s grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.

A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.

Abi is a servant to England’s most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of the noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family’s secrets might win her liberty, but will her heart pay the price?

A boy dreams of revolution.

Abi’s brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution.

And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.

He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

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Genre: Fantasy YA Retelling
Pages: 448
Publisher: Thomas Dunne
Publication Date: February 7th, 2017

Goodreads Synopsis:

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas

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Genre: Fantasy YA
Pages: 432
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: February 21st, 2017

Goodreads Synopsis:

The Girl of Fire and Thorns meets The Queen of the Tearling in this thrilling fantasy standalone about one girl’s unexpected rise to power.

Freya was never meant be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.

Freya may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councillors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, Freya knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom – and her life.

Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisors. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her, but also wanted more power for himself.

As Freya’s enemies close in and her loyalties are tested, she must decide if she is ready to rule and, if so, how far she is willing to go to keep the crown.

Releases From Series I Want To Read

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

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Series: Red Queen

Genre: Fantasy YA
Pages: 528
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: February 7th, 2017

Red Queen Goodreads Synopsis:

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

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Series: Shades of Magic

Genre: Fantasy YA
Pages: 592
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: February 21st, 2017

A Darker Shade of Magic Goodreads Synopsis:

Kell is one of the last travelers–magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes connected by one magical city.

There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, and with one mad King–George III. Red London, where life and magic are revered–and where Kell was raised alongside Rhy Maresh, the roguish heir to a flourishing empire. White London–a place where people fight to control magic and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London. But no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red traveler, ambassador of the Maresh empire, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

One Blood Ruby by Melissa Marr

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Series: Seven Black Diamonds

Genre: Fantasy YA
Pages: 368
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: February 28th, 2017

Seven Black Diamonds Goodreads Synopsis:

Lilywhite Abernathy is a criminal. Her father’s “unconventional” business has meant a life of tightly held secrets, concealed weaponry, and a strict code. But Lily’s crime isn’t being the daughter of a powerful mob boss. Her guilt lies in the other half of her DNA—the part that can coax ancient rumors from stones and summon fire with a thought. Lily is part fae, which is a crime in her world.

From the time before she was born, a war has been raging between humanity and fae. The Queen of Blood and Rage, ruler of both the Seelie and Unseelie courts, wants to avenge the tragic death of her heir—a death that was the fault of reckless humans.

Lily’s father has shielded her from the repercussions of her ancestry…until she is sent to the prestigious St. Columba’s school, straight into the arms of the Black Diamonds.

Mysterious, glamorous, and bound together in their mission but constantly at odds, Zephyr, Creed, Will, Roan, Violet, and Alkamy are a Sleeper cell of fae, planted in the human world to help destroy it from within. With covers as rock stars and celebrity children, the Black Diamonds carry out the queen’s war against humanity. And unbeknownst to Lilywhite, she’s been chosen to join them.

Now more than ever, Lily’s heritage puts her in peril, and even the romantic attention of the fae singer Creed Morrison isn’t enough to keep Lily from wanting to run back to the safer world of organized crime.

Melissa Marr returns to faery in a dramatic story of the precarious space between two worlds and the people who must thrive there.


Well that is all for February’s Anticipated Releases!

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Goodreads Monday – Collapse

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This meme was created by Lauren @ Lauren’s Page Turners and I think it’s such an awesome idea to share books on your TBR and introduce people to new books! All you have to do is to pick a book on your TBR and show it off!

If you have read this book please tell me your thoughts, with NO SPOILERS please!!!


Collapse by R.J. Infantino

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My Comments:

I love dystopian books and I’m really keen to get my hands on this book! The cover also kinda reminds me of Tomorrow When the War Began to some degree and I loved that book! Hopefully I will like this one just as much!

The Book:

Publication Date: December 27th, 2016
Publishers: Kindle Press
Genre: YA Science Fiction Dystopian
Pages: 282

Goodreads Synopsis:

How far would you go to save your friends?

When Chase finds survival gear hidden in the attic of his boarding school, he realizes Ashwood Prep isn’t what it seems. Thrust into a conspiracy that is centuries old, he can choose to run or stand up and fight.

After an earthquake cuts the school off from the rest of the world, Chase has to figure out who’s a friend, who’s an enemy, and if there’s really any difference at all. As the world starts to collapse, trusting the wrong person can have deadly consequences. Caught between his classmates and the professors’ schemes, he can’t afford to choose wrong. It would all be a lot easier if Taylor and Maya weren’t pulling him in opposite directions.

Is it really the apocalypse? Or is it something much worse?


That is all for today! Let me know if you have read this book and what you thought of it if you did?!

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January 2017 World of Wizardry Geek Gear Unboxing

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Yay, another Geek Gear! I love this subscription service!

Alos, Geek Gear has a new subscription service available! Will leave the information below with the rest of the info about the book.


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.

They also offer an automatically renewable subscription that is cheaper than a non-subscription. All will be linked to the  correct pricing below!

Remember that the AUD prices will change as the conversion rates change all the time!

This subscription service offers:

Standard GeekGear box:

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Geek Gear boxes (Non-Subscription) is £24.99 or $41.69
Geek Gear boxes (Automatic Renewal) is £19.99 or $33.37

Harry Potter themed box (World of Wizardry):

 

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World of Wizardry box (Non-Subscription) is £24.99 or $41.69 AUD
World of Wizardry box (Automatic Renewal) is £19.99 or $33.37 AUD

World of Wizardry Wearables:

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World of Wizardry Wearable box (Non-Subscription) is £24.99 or $41.69 AUD
World of Wizardry Wearables box (Automatic Renewal) is £19.99 or $33.37

Mystery Mixed Past Box:

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Mystery Mixed Past Box is £12.99 or $21.69 AUD

Other:

You can also purchase Gift Cards for any amount from £10.00 to £300.00.

Shipping:

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

As always I will write under each photo what is written in the book next to it.

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Gringott’s Vault Key

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Awesome cast Vault Key to your very own Vault at the Bank of Gringotts!

Weasleys Wizard Wheezes Jelly Bean Jar

Hogwarts House Cushion Covers

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Decorate your Home with these awesome Cushions!

Hogwarts House Socks

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Patronus Poster

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Harry Potter Spells Poster!

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The Daily Prophet Poster!

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Hogwarts House Colour T-Shirt with AWESOME 3D Effect!

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I don’t understand what the 3D effect bit is about, but I like the shirt!


Previous Boxes


For next month I changed the house theme that I receive in the box from Gryffindor to Slytherin as I want some items from each of the houses even though I am a Gryffindor! So for a couple months I will get Slytherin and then change it again to Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff so I have stuff from each.. After that I will probably just put it as ‘any house’ so I’ll get different every month!

Keen for next months box! Highly recommend to any Harry Potter/Fantastic Beasts lover!

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Tag Sunday: Opposite Book Tag

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I’ve decided that seen as on Sundays I am always sitting around bored and there is also a lot of tags that I have saved that I would like to do that I will start doing a tag every Sunday! Well most Sundays anyways!

So, this week I will be doing Opposite Book Tag, for this tag I will be only choosing books I have read. The point of this tag is to answer questions about the opposites of the book world.


The Questions:

  1.  First book in your collection/Last book you bought.
  2. A cheap book/An expensive book.
  3. A book with a male protagonist/One with a female protagonist.
  4. A book you read fast/One that took you long to read.
  5. Pretty cover/Ugly cover.
  6. A national book/An international book.
  7. A thin book/A thick book.
  8. Fiction book/Non-fiction book.
  9. Very (way too) romantic book/Action book.
  10. A book that made you happy/One that made you sad.

My Answers:

1. First book in your collection/Last book you bought.

Well I don’t remember the exact first book I had, however I remember reading this series where the books were all about dogs and they were the first books that I read that at the time I thought had a lot of pages, they were probably about 150-200 each. I had a few of them, but for the life of me I don’t remember the name of any of them. In High School is when I started reading and that is when I received a small copy of Switched in a Dolly magazine. That was when I started buying books, however most of the books I bought I didn’t read and still haven’t. At that point I bought books that looked interesting and I didn’t actually know what they were, for example I bought a book that looked good and was actually the 3rd book in the series and I didn’t realise until last year when I looked it up on goodreads to add it to me TBR list.

The last book, I guess I purchased were the books that came in The YA Chronicles Subscription box that I got last week and they were A Shadow Bright And Burning by Jessica Cluess & Penguin Teen Australia: Super-proof 2017. The last book I specifically purchased though was the new edition of Quidditch Through the Ages by J.K. Rowling.

2. A cheap book/An expensive book

The cheapest books I own would have to be my Harry Potter series as I got them from a local markets at a stall that had a tonne of books and they only cost around $5 each I think. They aren’t the best quality, but they were the first copy I owned. Philosopher’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban & Goblet of Fire are paperbacks and the others are hard backs. All the hard backs have their dust covers, however the spine part of the dust cover for Order of the Phoenix looks like it had been in a bookshelf next to a window that got a lot of sun as it is very faded, it is only the spine though, the rest is fine.

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The Dearest book I have would have to be again Harry Potter, but this time my Illustrated editions of Harry  Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone &  Chamber of Secrets.

3. A book with a male protagonist/One with a female protagonist.

Well Harry Potter of course, but because I’ve used it already for a question I’m going to choose Thomas from The Maze Runner

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And for Female, keeping on the Dystopian theme, I’ll choose Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games series.

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4.  A book you read fast/One that took you long to read.

There is a few books that I read in one day, mainly due to ReadAThons, but the book I read the fastest was probably Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them: The Original Screenplay.. There is some books like the Pottermore Presents series that probably took a shorter time, but there is barely any pages to those books, so it doesn’t really count.

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The book that took the longest would probably be Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs, however it wasn’t because I was trying to get through it, a ReadAThon started while I was reading it, so I put it off as it is a book of short stories, so it didn’t really matter if I read it all in order.

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5. Pretty Cover/Ugly Cover

For pretty, I’m choosing the Snow Like Ashes series by Sara Raasch

Ugly Cover is the Vampire Academy series, I don’t actually own this series, but I did read it and loved it.. But I really don’t like the covers! It’s not really that they are ugly, I just don’t like them.

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6. A National Book/An International Book

I’m assuming this means a book set in your country and one that isn’t?!

Well a book set in my country is Where The Outback Drovers Ride by Bruce Simpson. And for a book not set in my country I will choose Traitor’s Gate by Michael Ridpath.

7. A Thin Book/A Thick Book

The thinnest books I own are the Hogwarts Library books, which consist of Quidditch Through the Ages, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them & The Tales of Beedle the Bard.

And the thickest would be Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix

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8. Fiction Book/Non-Fiction Book

For Fiction, I’m choosing The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater, I have only read The Raven Boys and am currently reading The Dream Thieves and loving it!

For Non-Fiction I’m choosing the only Non-Fiction book I have on my shelf and that is Where The Outback Drovers Ride by Bruce Simpson

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9. Very (way too) romantic book/Action book.

A romantic book that I have to read, I would have to choose Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.

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When I think of action I think of the Illuminae Files series by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. There is always something going on!

10. A Book That Made You Happy/One That Made You Sad

Well there isn’t a decent book that has a bit of something that goes wrong, but lately, a book that made me happy was Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by J.K. Rowling, being back in the Harry Potter world.. All the feels!!

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And a book that made me sad would have to be The Book Thief by Markus Zusak!

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Because I’ll be doing them every Sunday, I am only going to tag 2 people in each so I’m not tagging the same people all the time! So each week I will tag my 2 latest followers! Hopefully there will be 2 new ones each week to tag.

So, this week it is:

Jamie @ Book Pandamonium & Jill @ Bookish Lion Hearts


Well that is all for this week! Please recommend tags that I should do, either name them, comment a link or tag me in them!

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Friday 5@5 – Book/Funko Pairs

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Yes, I have found another meme! And yes I’m a day late, I know.. I’m actually posting this Saturday night Australian time, but I was going to do it yesterday, but I got really busy and then went out for dinner with my dad and ended up staying out late! So here it is a day late.

This meme is hosted by NovelKnight and here is what she posts to explain what this meme is.

Friday 5@5 is a weekly feature hosted here on NovelKnight to wrap up the week with a fun (and short) list because we know y’all want to get on with your weekends!

I’m not doing this weeks theme as this week the theme is Retellings Done Right, but I have only read 1 retelling and I didn’t like it. So, instead I’m doing last weeks theme which was Book/Funko Pairs. And you can’t use Funkos that are actually from the same book, for example you can’t use a Neville Longbottom Funko with a Harry Potter book. So here it goes, my first Friday 5@5!!


Toothless + Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by J.K. Rowling

He is a Fantastic Beast!

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Cheshire Cat + Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children

Cheshire can make himself invisible & the Hollows are invisible to humans, don’t really know why I thought about this, but it works haha!

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Hermione + Anna & The French Kiss

Her Yule Ball dress matches this cover!

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Niffler + Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children

Because it looks like the cross between a Platypus and a Mole. Sounds peculiar to me?!

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Lucius Malfoy + Frost Like Night

Lucius mask reminds me of the masks that Ventralli wears! They are probably a lot nicer, but still a mask haha.

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Please go and check out this meme on NovelKnight! It’s an awesome idea!

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Book Travelling Thursday – Book That Was A Big Surprise For You

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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: Choose a book that was a big surprise for you.

I’m not following this prompt as all the books that were surprising to me only have 1 or 2 covers. So, I’m choosing a random book, Quidditch Through The Ages by J.K. Rowling.


Quidditch Through The Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp (J.K. Rowling)

Original Cover:

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Cover I Own:

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Favourite Cover:

Top Left: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc Edition

Top Right: Bloomsbury Hogwarts Library Box Set Edition

Bottom Left: Bloomsbury Childrens Edition 2017

Bottom Right: Pottermore From J.K. Rowling Kindle Edition

Least Favourite Edition:

Don’t have one! They are all beautiful.


Tell me which is your favourite?

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