Tag Sunday – The Cookie Book Tag

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And I’m back for another Tag Sunday! I saw this tag over at The Sassy Geek so be sure to check out Heather’s post! So straight into it!


The Rules:

  • In addition to linking back to the person who tagged you, it would be awesome if you link back to Nicole’s original post!
  • Pick a book that corresponds to the cookie’s ‘theme’.
  • Have fun!
  • Tag 1-3 people.

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This is more a couple hyped series that I want to get to!

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Nevernight – Cover was better than the story
Vampire Academy – the story was better than it’s cover!

I utterly dislike all of the Vampire Academy series covers but I absolutely love the story!

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I expected to really enjoy this book but instead I have so many issues with this book!

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HORRIBLE!

I was so ready for my Harry Potter and was ready to love this but completely hated this book!

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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 latest 2 followers! These will also be only followers that I follow back as well as there is no point in tagging someone I don’t follow.

So I have only 1 person that has followed that I followed back. There was others but they simply weren’t bookish blogs and I don’t follow back.. So only 1!

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Scratch that above little bit! I just had someone new follow me that I hav followed back just after this post went live! So I’m adding them to who I tagged for this weeks Tag a Sunday! 

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June 2017 Anticipated Releases

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So I didn’t do one of these posts as I didn’t have enough to bother with a post! But I’m back with a post for June’s releases! As always I will have group of first books in a series/standalones and then another of sequels that are releasing even if I haven’t read the book, but it is a series I wish to start!


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Roar by Cora Carmack

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 Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 384 (Hardcover)
Publication Date: 13th June, 2017
Publishers: Tor Teen

Goodreads Synopsis:

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

The Suffering Tree by Elle Cosimano

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 Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 368
Publication Date: 13th June, 2017
Publishers: Disney-Hyperion

Goodreads Synopsis:

“It’s dark magic brings him back.”

Tori Burns and her family left D.C. for claustrophobic Chaptico, Maryland, after suddenly inheriting a house under mysterious circumstances. That inheritance puts her at odds with the entire town, especially Jesse Slaughter and his family—it’s their generations-old land the Burns have “stolen.” But none of that seems to matter after Tori witnesses a young man claw his way out of a grave under the gnarled oak in her new backyard.

Nathaniel Bishop may not understand what brought him back, but it’s clear to Tori that he hates the Slaughters for what they did to him centuries ago. Wary yet drawn to him by a shared sense of loss, she gives him shelter. But in the wake of his arrival comes a string of troubling events—including the disappearance of Jesse Slaughter’s cousin—that seem to point back to Nathaniel.

As Tori digs for the truth—and slowly begins to fall for Nathaniel—she uncovers something much darker in the tangled branches of the Slaughter family tree. In order to break the centuries-old curse that binds Nathaniel there and discover the true nature of her inheritance, Tori must unravel the Slaughter family’s oldest and most guarded secrets. But the Slaughters want to keep them buried… at any cost.

From award-winning author Elle Cosimano comes a haunting, atmospheric thriller perfect to hand to readers of the Mara Dyer trilogy and Bone Gap.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

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 Genre: YA Historical Fantasy LGBT
Pages: 528
Publication Date: 27th June, 2017
Publishers: Katherine Tegen Books

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An unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe who stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other along the way.

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Witty, romantic, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a sumptuous romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.

Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts

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This one is actually a very late May release

 Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 352
Publication Date: 30th May, 2017
Publishers: Disney-Hyperion

Goodreads Synopsis:

Being a bastard blows. Tilla would know. Her father, Lord Kent of the Western Province, loved her as a child, but cast her aside as soon as he had trueborn children.

At sixteen, Tilla spends her days exploring long-forgotten tunnels beneath the castle with her stablehand half brother, Jax, and her nights drinking with the servants, passing out on Jax’s floor while her castle bedroom collects dust. Tilla secretly longs to sit by her father’s side, resplendent in a sparkling gown, enjoying feasts with the rest of the family. Instead, she sits with the other bastards, like Miles of House Hampstedt, an awkward scholar who’s been in love with Tilla since they were children.

Then, at a feast honoring the visiting princess Lyriana, the royal shocks everyone by choosing to sit at the Bastards’ Table. Before she knows it, Tilla is leading the sheltered princess on a late-night escapade. Along with Jax, Miles, and fellow bastard Zell, a Zitochi warrior from the north, they stumble upon a crime they were never meant to witness.

Rebellion is brewing in the west, and a brutal coup leaves Lyriana’s uncle, the Royal Archmagus, dead—with Lyriana next on the list. The group flees for their lives, relentlessly pursued by murderous mercenaries; their own parents have put a price on their heads to prevent the king and his powerful Royal Mages from discovering their treachery.

The bastards band together, realizing they alone have the power to prevent a civil war that will tear their kingdom apart—if they can warn the king in time. And if they can survive the journey . . .

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Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

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Series Name: Monsters of Verity
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 528
Publication Date: 13th June, 2017
Publishers: Greenwillow Books

Goodreads Synopsis:

Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, no matter how much he once yearned for it. He’s a monster with a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.

Now I Rise by Kiersten White

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Series Name: The Conqueror’s Saga
Genre: YA Historical Fantasy
Pages: 496
Publication Date: 27th June, 2017
Publishers: Delacorte Press

Goodreads Synopsis:

Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost.


I haven’t started either of the series The Conqueror’s Saga or Monsters of Verity Duology but I hope to soon!

What are you looking forward to most in June?!

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Book Travelling Thursday – Freebie Week

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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: Freebie week. Today you can choose whatever you want either it is a book you’ve been wanting to talk for a long time or one of the previous themes


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I think this is the original. According to Goodreads this was the first english edition apparently.

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Left: English Harper Voyager Edition
Left Middle: English Razorbill Edition
Right Middle: Polish Akurat Edition
Right: Slovak YOLi (Ikar) Edition

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Top Left: English Razorbill Edition
Top Left Middle: Swedish Wahlströms Edition
Top Right Middle: Czech Host Edition
Top Right: Romanian Art Edition
Middle Left: Bulgarian Сиела Edition
Middle Right: German Bastei Lübbe AG Edition
Bottom Left: Chinese Edition
Bottom Right: Slovenian Učila International Edition


Well that is all for today’s post!

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Top 5 Wednesday – Favourite Minor Characters in Harry Potter

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This Meme is hosted by Thoughts On Tomes and the prompts can be found on Goodreads.

This week’s prompt is: Favorite Minor Characters
–Minor characters are less than a sidekick or a side character (but not in our hearts!) Everyone will have a different definition of what makes a minor vs a side character but just as an example, I’d consider Ron and Hermione side characters, while Lavender Brown, Oliver Wood, and Dean Thomas are minor characters. Results may vary so don’t get tooooo caught up in it 🙂

I’m going to do specifically minor characters from Harry Potter!

Yes I’m saying ‘ I love’ on all these, that’s the point!


1. Luna Lovegood

I just love how awkward and hilarious Luna is in the books!

2. Arthur Weasley

I love how Arthur is obsessed with the muggle world as much as we all are with the wizarding world!

3. Bill Weasley

I love how Bill is with Fleur and also how he is there for Harry in the latter movies if he needs him and he gives him some good advice!

4. Nymphadora Tonks

She is fun and hilarious when we first meet her and then later on she is so passionate and won’t give up on her feelings for Remus it’s amazing!

5. Neville Longbottom

I don’t really need to explain this one! Neville is our loveable gryffindor!


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Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Go Set A Watchman
Author: 
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Series Name: To Kill A Mockingbird
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publication Date: July 14th, 2015
Pages: 278 (Paperback)
Publishers: Arrow Books
Rating:
3 and a half star

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Go Set a Watchman is set during the mid-1950s and features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father Atticus. She is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand both her father’s attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood.

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I like this book cover, it’s simple and matches the first book in the series. I also like the other cover, It’s the cover in my header image, it is also simple and nice. I also like that it represents this book more than just linking back to To Kill A Mockingbird like the edition I own does.

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I don’t enjoy the writing in this book as much as I did To Kill A Mockingbird. This story was more difficult to understand than the first book as well. I still don’t fully understand the point of this book because I just didn’t understand it. I think it has a lot to do with the POV it was written from. In To Kill A Mockingbird it was written from a young girl POV and it was simple to understand and because she was a child the characters in the book explained things to her in a way that was easy to understand as well. Whereas in this book she is in her late 20s I believe and when characters were explaining things to her I just got lost. Especially in the end when she went to visit Uncle Jack and he was trying to tell her stuff, I just didn’t follow a lot of the time. There is also still that slang, that I simple don’t know the meaning of.

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There wasn’t much of a plot really to this book, she basically just came home, found out things and had an argument. That is all there was to this book and I just feel underwhelmed by it. I get that this book is meant to show personal and political problems and how she deals with it, but because a lot of the time I was confused as to what the other characters were on about, so that portion of the book just wasn’t that clear for me.

I did like the memories that were thrown in from the part in her life that we missed in the 20 years between To Kill a Mockingbird & Go Set A Watchman.

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Honestly all the characters felt the same that came back, which included Atticus, Alexandra & Jean Louise. Uncle Jack was an interesting character, he was one that I didn’t understand half the time though, but he was still interesting. Hank/Henry I felt was kinda thrown in there as he wasn’t mentioned in To Kill A Mockingbird that I remember. It’s probably because I’m used to reading books that only have a couples days, months or a year between the first and second, but this one is 20 years later and alot was missed. And in this one he just kinda appeared and was a big part in Jean Louise’s life, but it just kinda felt fake and pushed.

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I didn’t love this book. It’s that simple. It was mostly because i was confused and if I understood it more then I probably would have been more enjoyable! In my opinion I think that To Kill a Mockingbird should have just stayed as a standalone.


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Down the TBR Hole #5

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This meme is hosted by Lia @ Lost in a Story.

Here is what you do:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

I’m bumping it up to 10 books per post instead of 5 this week, I may continue this but it will just depend on how I feel that day.


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The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

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My mum used to watch the TV show for Wind in the Willows when I was younger and it was always so interesting and funny. I really want to read this book and its short and should be an easy read!

Verdict: KEEP

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

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This is a kids book and is only about 40 pages! It’s also a classic of sorts and I have never read it and really want to.

Verdict: KEEP

The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

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This is another classic that I really want to get to. I have watched the movie a fair few times and really needs to get to the book!

Verdict: KEEP

In the After by Elisa Dane

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I’m putting both of these together as they are both by the same author and same genre These are contemporary romances and I don’t even why I put these books on my TBR when I don’t read these books really.

Verdict: DELETE

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor 

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So I have read Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor and absolutely loved it! This series was on my radar before, but since reading Strange the Dreamer it is a lot higher on my TBR list!

Verdict: KEEP!

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This is a Historical Fiction book set in 1914 in England. This follows a girl called Poppy who is thrown into the front lines as a Voluntary Aid Detachment Nurse in the middle of World War 1. This book sounds so interesting and I am a huge fan of Historical Fiction and real want to read more of them!

Verdict: KEEP

World War Z by Max Brooks

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I own a copy of this book and it has been on my radar for a while, I just haven’t got around to it yet. This is such and interesting way to right a apocalyptic/post apocalyptic book and I really want to read it! I have considered listening to this book through Audiobook as I have seen it recommended a heap!

Verdict: KEEP

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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I think the reason I haven’t started this book is, one its such a big series, two all the books in the series aren’t out yet and I do prefer to read all the books together if I can and three I have read ACOTAR and it didn’t blow me away as much as everyone says it will and I don’t want to get disappointed if this one is similar. Also a fair few people have issues with the romances in this series and also the lack of diversity. I do want to give this book a go for myself and I do own the first book. It’s just not really high on my priority list.

Verdict: KEEP

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

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I have read Anna and the French Kiss and enjoyed it as an easy read between Fantasy series! So I do want to eventually get to this book. The first book was an easy and quick read and I will pick up this one when I need a book like that!

Verdict: KEEP


Well that is all for today! I only deleted 2 out of the 10, but this early in my TBR list is where I was starting to add all the popular books everyone was talking about and most of them are ones that I do want to pick up, just haven’t got to yet.

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May 2017 The YA Chronicles Unboxing

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My the YA Chronicles subscription box came today! So here is my unboxing! I will again put the price of each item underneath it and at the end add it up to see the value of the box!


Blog Titles (38)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.

Cost of the Box: $39.99 AUD
Shipping to Aus and NZ: $9.99 AUD (this includes tracking)
Shipping internationally: $24.99 AUD (this includes tracking)

They have closed sales for the pride box but you can preorder the Tower of Dawn box. There are 3 options for this box. One is the UK paperback + goodies, the second is US Hardcover + goodies and the last is the UK paperback, US hardcover + goodies.

Also, this subscription box is not automatically recurring, so you do have to purchase it every month, which is good and bad because it means you can easily pick and choose the themes that you want to purchase but also you have to remember to get in before it sells out!

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!


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As always, I will write under each photo what is written on the description card that you get in the box. I’m also going to add pricing or a guess at pricing to see if this box is worth the new pricing.

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Fireheart Candle

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We love this FireHeart candle from Kozy Korner Boutique on Etsy. Inspired by our favourite Fae assassin, this candle smells of honeysuckle, peony & sandalwood. Light the fire and let the scent fill the room.

I don’t know who or what book this candle is inspired by as I don’t know who ‘our favourite Fae assassin’ is! So if you know let me know in the comments.
Candles this size are priced $15 on their etsy store, which you can find HERE!

Catching Fire Blind Bag

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In honour of the girl on fire, we’ve included catching fire blind bags from Ikon Collections.

I’m guessing this is the girl from District 4 in the 74th Hunger Games because in Catching Fire the female tribute was Mags and that’s not Mags.. So that’s what I’m guessing. These are worth $3.99 each.

Sailor Moon Socks

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Sailor Mars is one of the best sailor scouts. So we’ve included these super cute sailor Mars socks! Wear yours under your boots for that extra protection against evil.

I found these on some random website and they were $9.90 USD which is $13.30 in AUD.

Fire Nation Bracelet

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Life is calm and peaceful, “but everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked.” Be part of the club wit this Fire Nation bracelet inspired by Avatar and the Legend of Korra.

I can’t find this but you can purchase bracelets with the same image but metal on eBay for around $1.

Sticky Notes

If you’re anything like us than tabs are a must when reading a good book. Use this Dragon sticky tab booklet while reading Flame in the Mist and tav your favourite parts.

This doesn’t have any branding on it but you can get these types of things for about $4 at cheap shops.

Book Folding Pattern

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Dogearforart on etsy has created this gorgeous Aelin Silhouette book folding pattern and we just had to include it. Get creative and make your own

I honestly don’t know how to price this.

Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

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Mariko knows her fate – a political marriage to the son of the emperor’s favourite consort. But when she learns that the black clan have been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace, Mariko takes matters into her own hands. Determined to track down the person responsible for the  target on her back. Shs is pulled deeper into the Black Clan where she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she’s ever known. You’ll get all of this and more in our book of the month: Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh.

I have already read this book as I received an eGalley of it! You can find my review for it HERE.

This book is $17.81 on Book Depository! You can find it here.


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So this box added up to $55.10 not including the Book folding pattern and the book costs about $50 with the Australian shipping.

Overall this book was alright. I don’t watch Sailor Moon and I never plan to, so the socks are useless to me and the bracelet wouldn’t fit me, so I can’t wear that if I wanted to..


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