July 2017 Haul

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So I have bought a fair few books this month as it was my birthday and I got money for my birthday, so I spent it on books and bookish items!



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I couldn’t resist the Moana & Pua pop! And then I also saw Frodo when I was on PopCultcha and had to grab him too!

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I got some candles from Fragrant Fables! There is the only one that I don’t like and that is the Caraval one, the scent is really strong! But the rest smell really good!

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When I saw these I had to get them! I absolutely love the Vampire Academy Series and there is hardly any bookmarks/candles or anything for this series! So when I saw these at Bookmark Library I put the whole set!

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These are from In A Paper Forest. The three on the right are from her old stock and she had the price reduced to get rid of them so she could bring in the new sizing and card. And then the Ginny one I couldn’t say no to! It’s so gorgeous and is probably my favourite Ginny drawing I have seen!

So I bought these in two different lots but once I got my first order from ReadandWonder I had to get more!

Image 1: Isabelle Lightwood & Clary Fray/Fairchild
Image 2: Hermione, Ron, Luna, Harry, Hagrid & Dumbledore
Image 3: Queenie, Jacob, Tina & Newt
Image 4: Mor, Amren, Feyre, Elaine, Nesta, Cassian, Azriel & Rhysand
Image 5: Sam, Castiel & Dean

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Well, that is all of the stuff that I got in July! What books did you buy this month?! Have you bought any bookish candles or bookmarks this month?

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August 2017 TBR

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So I had a great reading month in July, which was helped a fair bit by the Duodecathon, Biannual Bibliothon & BookTubeAThon! In the month of July, I also joined a few Facebook Groups so there will be some of the BOTMs for those groups on this list too!

*click the cover to get to the goodreads page for that book*



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I am posting this post on the 30th, so I might possibly get this book finished on the 31st of July. If I do I will try and remember to edit this.

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Another I don’t have much to go on and I might get it finished before the end of July too!

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I don’t have too much of this book left and it is a possibility I might get it finished before the end of July too!

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Books of the Month (Facebook or Goodreads Groups)

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Okay so the first book is The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and this is one of the BOTMs for Life & Lit on Facebook.

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This Savage Song is the Fantasy BOTM for YA Book Bloggers on Goodreads.

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When Dimple Met Rishi is the Contemporary BOTM for YA Book Bloggers on Goodreads. (I won both this & This Savage Song on Twitter giveaways in July! So that was super handy!)

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And lastly for the BOTMs I have Passenger and this is for YA Book Club and Book Talk on Facebook.

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What’s on your August TBR?! Have you read any of these books?

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August 2017 Anticipated Releases

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So this is probably going to be my shortest post ever! But I only have 2 that I’m looking forward to! Let’s just get straight into it.

And sorry guys but there will be a few posts going up today as I haven’t posted anything except reviews for the last week because of BookTubeAThon & Biannual Bibliothon so I am catching up!



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Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

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 Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 384 (Hardcover)
Publication Date: 29th August, 2017
Publishers: Random House Books for Young Readers

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She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

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 Genre: YA Fantasy GLBT
Pages: 352 (Hardcover)
Publication Date: 29th August, 2017
Publishers: Sourcebooks Fire

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“I love every aspect of this amazing book—a gender fluid hero, a deadly contest, and vicious courtly intrigue. Get! Read! Now!” —Tamora Pierce, #1 New York Times bestselling author

I Needed to Win.
They Needed to Die.

Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class—and the nobles who destroyed their home.

When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand—the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears—Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge.

But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.



What books are looking forward to in August!?

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Summer Biannual Bibliothon Wrap Up

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So another of the ReadAThons are over! Only 1 more left! I had heaps of fun this last week and a half with the Duodecathon, Biannual Bibliothon & BookTubeAThon but I’m also glad they will all be over soon so I can relax and slow down a bit with the reading.

So let’s get straight into what I read! I’m going to split this up into what I read & what I partially read during the ReadAThon!



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The Great Gatsby completed the ‘Banned books’ challenged as this book was banned in 1987.

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Furthermore completed the challenge ‘Read a book you’ve seen somewhere other than BookTube’. I have seen this book a tonne on Bookstagram as it’s just gorgeous and you can help but use it in your pics!

You can find my spoiler free review HERE!

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The Bone Season completed the challenge ‘Read a book from one of the hosts favourite genres’. This book is actually in two of the favourite genres of the hosts and they are Momo (Urban Fantasy) & Kelly (Dystopian/Sci-Fi).

You can find my spoiler free review HERE.

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The Lightning Thief completed the challenge ‘Book to movie adaptation – Read & Watch’. And I did also watch The Lightning Thief during the ReadAThon as well.

You can find my spoiler free review HERE!

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More Happy Than Not completed the challenge ‘LGBTQIAP+’

You can find my spoiler free review HERE!

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This was meant to complete the ‘Throwback Challenge’ which I chose ‘A Book over 300 pages’ challenge. But I didn’t finish this book, I only got to about 60%.

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I don’t know how much of this exactly I read during the ReadAThon as I started it before the ReadAThon and also I continued listening to it today after this ReadAThon had finished. But I did listen to a fair chunk of the book during the ReadAThon.

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I started listening to Half Bad during the ReadAThon but didn’t get it finished. I also don’t know how much I read during the ReadAThon as Scribd doesn’t show a percentage or anything, just chapters.



That is all for my wrap up!

Did you participate in the Biannual Bibliothon? How much did you read? What was your favourite read of the ReadAThon?

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July 2017 The YA Chronicles Unboxing

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I’m back for another The YA Chronicles unboxing! Let’s jump straight in!



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!

Also they have previous boxes for sale! At the moment they have the following for sale:

June 2016: Pride Week
December 2016: Simply Wonderful
April 2017: Bippity Boppity Book
June 2017: Take To The Seas
July 2017: To The Revolution (This box)



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VOLUME TWENTY THREE: TO THE REVOLUTION

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 so we can see if the box is worth the price tag!

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Rise Up Candle

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Prepare for the revolution with the alluring scent of Rise Up, a Hamilton inspired candle made exclusively for this box by The Book Hangover. The candle smells of Hay, Tobacco, Leather, Amber & Mahogany.

The Book Hangover is currently closed and they also don’t usually make 4 oz candles, so I’m just going with the average pricing of a 4 oz bookish candle on Etsy. So I would price this at $8.

Magnetic Bookmark

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Remember Amani from Rebel of the Sands (our first and most beloved rebel?) well now you have this super cute Amani magnetic bookmark by Epik Page on Etsy.

This one costs $3.05 on their Etsy store.

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Place this Hamilton Rise Up decal onto your laptop, eReader, or even your bedroom wall and show off your dedication to the cause! Decal created by Goldparrotcreation on Etsy.

This one costs $3.90 on their Etsy store.

Feminist Pin

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We absolutely love this Feminist pin from jubly-umph.com. Show off your feminist pride and fight for equality for all.

This one costs $16.95 on their website. I don’t agree with an item like this being in the box as not everyone are feminist, myself included. So I would get absolutely no use out of this pin.

Readvolution Sticker

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Start a revolution of your own with this readvolution sticker from annaOMline on Redbubble.

You can purchase this sticker on their Redbubble store for $2.87.

Hachette Australia YA superproof

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We’ve also provided you with a Hatchette Australia  YA Superproof so that you can decide on which books to read during your revolution.

These books are usually given away so I can’t put a value to this.

The Book

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In our book of the month, The Walking Land by Callie Bates, Lady Elanna Valtai has been raised by the King since she was a child. But when the King dies under mysterious circumstances, Elanna is accused of his murder and flees back to her homeland. Fighting to suppress the strange connection she has to the natural world, Elanna must team up with her father to lead a revolution against the Kingdom to which she once gave her allegiance. Trapped between divided loyalties, she must summon the courage to confront a destiny that could tear her apart.

This book costs $17.88 on The Book Depository & $19.99 at both Dymocks & QBD.

The Bookmark

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The Card

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So all up this box was worth $52.65. This box costs me about $45 as I used a coupon code. But usually, the box is about $50 a month. Honestly, I would like a bit more value to the box as $3 extra really isn’t that worth it especially taking into account there is most likely going to be at least one item you don’t like or have no use for in each box. Hopefully, next month will have better value!



And that is all for this unboxing!

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The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – Mini Spoiler Free Review

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Title: The Lightning Thief
Author: 
Rick Riordan
Series Name: Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Publication Date: June 28th, 2005
Pages: 377 (Paperback)
Publishers: Disney Hyperion Books
Rating:
5 Star

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Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school… again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’ master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’ stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

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Okay, so I’m not going to go into the full review for this book as basically everyone knows what the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series is and a majority have people have read it and a majority of those people like it.

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– The world is really well done and well developed. It was easy to picture what has happened throughout the book.
– I liked most of the characters and they developed well throughout the book. Annabeth is probably my favourite character.
– The book was action packed but also well paced. There were slower parts but they were used to develop the world or characters.
– As the book is more of a middle grade book it is easier and quicker to read than what I’m used to.

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– Percy’s character did not feel like a 12 year old. Nor does Annabeth really either but it makes a little more sense seen as she has known about the world and been in it for a lot longer.
– The cover of this book doesn’t really make sense honestly. Why is Percy standing on the head of a Poseidon statue?



HAVE YOU READ THIS BOOK? WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON IT?!
IF YOU ARE GOING TO SHARE SPOILERS IN THE COMMENTS THEN PLEASE WARN IT SO OTHERS DON’T GET SPOILED!

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