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Raelia by Lynette Noni – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Raelia
Author: 
Lynette Noni
Series Name: The Medoran Chronicles
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: April 1st, 2016
Pages: 454 (paperback)
Publishers: Pantera Press
Rating:
4 and a half Star

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“Life is full of crossroads, Alex. Full of choices.”

Returning for a second year at Akarnae Academy with her gifted friends, Alexandra Jennings steps back through a doorway into Medora, the fantasy world that is full of impossibilities.

Despite the magical wonder of Medora, Alex’s life remains threatened by Aven Dalmarta, the banished prince from the Lost City of Meya who is out for her blood.

To protect the Medorans from Aven’s quest to reclaim his birthright, Alex and her friends seek out the Meyarin city and what remains of its ancient race.

Not sure who—or perhaps what—she is anymore, all Alex knows is that if she fails to keep Aven from reaching Meya, the lives of countless Medorans will be in danger. Can she protect them, or will all be lost?

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You can find my review for Akarnae HERE!

I can’t guarantee there won’t be slight spoilers for Akarane in this review.



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This series has gorgeous book covers! I just received my paperback copy of Akarnae and it is so gorgeous! Even the spine is beautiful and I cant wait to get the whole series on my shelf as hopefully the other books have just as gorgeous spines! If you want to see what it looks like checkout my Insta Story as I just opened the package on there (along with some magnetic bookmarks from Read & Wonder)!!

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I love how at the end of these books majority of things have been explained. It honestly really annoys me when you get to the end of the book and you are just straight up confused and then have to wait a year for the next book. That is one thing I’m really enjoying, everything is just so well wrapped up at the end of the book.

I also really enjoy the lack of romance in these books, I’ve explained this MANY times but I strongly dislike books that the romance overtakes the plot. So far the first two books have only had a hint at a romance! Which I am strongly enjoying!

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The plot of this book was a tad more action packed than book one. In the first book there was tonnes of world building and getting to know the characters whereas in this book there was more action going on. The plot of this book was fairly intense and alot went on throughout it.

I also loved that there was a reference to Harry Potter in this book and I literally laughed out loud when I read it, it was just so good and unexpected!

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I won’t say too much about the characters as I don’t want to give anything away, but we do meet a few new characters in this book that I really enjoyed including Zain, Kyia & Roka.
I still feel the same about Alex, Jordan & Bear as I did in my first review. They are all very enjoyable characters and I loved the development of Jordan & Alex’s friendship grew even stronger in this book. So did Alex & Bears and I really enjoy how most of the time they think the same thing and only have to give eachother a lot to know that the other is thinking the same thing. I also really enjoy D.C.s character and her connection that has grown with Alex, Bear & Jordan.
I also really enjoy Darrius, Fletcher, Kaiden, Declan & Hunter and I hope to see more of them in the next book! Especially Kaiden and I’m interested to see what happens next and whether Kaiden will be more involved in the next book and whether Alex will eventually trust him.
Kaiden is probably one of my favourite characters besides Alex, along with Bear. I also like Jordan, but I think I like Bear a bit more.

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Overall I’m really enjoying this series and it’s becoming one of my favourites! Can’t wait to start Draekora tonight and find out what happens next! More people need to read this series!



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Top 5 Wednesday – Books Without Romance on my TBR

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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: Books Without Romance
— A few (very, very few) people complained about the “shipping” topics lately, so I thought it would be good to talk about books that don’t have a romantic subplot! This is a really hard one, so if you can’t find any, you can talk about some where the romance is super super minor. Like barely mentioned… at all…

So I haven’t actually read 5 books without romance or with very little, so I’m going with books on my TBR that are meant to have no romance. I basically just googled ‘YA with no romance’ so if any of this actually have a romance in them then let me know! I haven’t read them yet obviously so I don’t actually know if the no romance part is true.



1. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
2. Eon by Alison Goodman
3. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
4. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
5. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab



Well that is all for this weeks Top 5 Wednesday!

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Down the TBR Hole #11

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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?


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Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

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So I have wanted to get into some middle grade books as I’ve only ever read two and I want to read more. This book sounds like an awesome fantasy book. I actually purchased it a couple days ago with the money Mum gave me for my birthday. It’s not breaking my book buying ban if the money was a gift right? haha

Verdict: KEEP

I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

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This is a diverse book that is also about family. I mainly read diverse books that focus on the LGBTQIA+ side of diversity and I want to read more. I have read a few but not enough and this one sounds really interesting as it is told in the 2 POVs at different times in their life. This book definitely sounds like something I want to try.

Verdict: KEEP

Naughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman

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So on the front cover this book is said to be a thriller but the description shouts romance in a dystopian setting. As you may no I’m not a huge fan of romance concentrated books and this screams that it is one.

Verdict: DELETE

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

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It’s so uncommon to find diverse characters in fantasy books. It’s happening more often but there still isn’t enough out there! This book and magic world sounds really interesting and the diversity is just a plus. I’m keen to get to this book!

Verdict: KEEP

Tattoo Atlas by Tim Floreen

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There is a lot of diverse books in this post. This one is a Sci-Fi Mystery with a GLBT character. This book sounds really interesting and I have never read a mystery besides Agatha Christie so it would be interesting to read a mystery by another author.

Verdict: KEEP

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

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So this is mainly on my TBR because of the cover. I do have a copy of this book on my Scribd app. So this book is said to be a crossover of Orphan Black & Cloud Atlas which I don’t know what either is, I have heard of the Orphan Black show but never actually watched it. So from that I don’t know what to expect from that. But the synopsis does sound really interesting. A multi dimensional hunt for a murder? I’m intrigued.

Verdict: KEEP

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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This is such a popular book that I want to read it just for that. It does seem to have a strong romance theme but hopefully it won’t be too overpowering to the story. This is a book that I want to give a chance even though it is romance focused as there is so much praise that I want to see for myself if the hype is worth it.

Verdict: KEEP

The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman

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So I do want to give a horror book ago and everyone has recommended Neil Gaiman for that! Also this book is really short so it seems like a good place to start in horror. I do already own a copy of this book that I purchased last year but just haven’t got to. The synopsis just makes me so curious to found out what happened to our MC when he was a kid!

Verdict: KEEP

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

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I love Historical Fiction books, especially ones set during WWII. This book’s MC is the niece of none other than Adolf Hitler and that is such an interesting POV to come from in a WWII book! There is obviously going to be a romance as a main part of this book but I still want to give this book a go because of everything else! So hopefully it won’t be too much and at least the romance seems to play a legit part in the plot of the story.

Verdict: KEEP

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

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I honestly don’t know why this book is on my TBR at all. New Adult Contemporary Romance? Why did I put this on there?! This is so not something I want to read.

Verdict: DELETE



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Akarnae by Lynette Noni – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Akarnae
Author: 
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Series Name: The Medoran Chronicles
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: February 1st, 2015
Pages: 436 (paperback)
Publishers: Pantera Press
Rating:

4 and a half Star

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With just one step, sixteen-year-old Alexandra Jennings’s world changes—literally.

Dreading her first day at a new school, Alex is stunned when she walks through a doorway and finds herself stranded in Medora, a fantasy world full of impossibilities. Desperate to return home, she learns that only a man named Professor Marselle can help her… but he’s missing.

While waiting for him to reappear, Alex attends Akarnae Academy, Medora’s boarding school for teenagers with extraordinary gifts. She soon starts to enjoy her bizarre new world and the friends who embrace her as one of their own, but strange things are happening at Akarnae, and Alex can’t ignore her fear that something unexpected… something sinister… is looming.

An unwilling pawn in a deadly game, Alex’s shoulders bear the crushing weight of an entire race’s survival. Only she can save the Medorans, but what if doing so prevents her from ever returning home?

Will Alex risk her entire world—and maybe even her life—to save Medora?

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This book gives me both Harry Potter & Narnia vibes but also amazingly different.



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These covers are gorgeous. I generally don’t like book covers with real people on them but this cover is really pretty but Draekora, the third book would definitely have to be my favourite so far!

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So I really enjoyed the writing of this book, it flowed well and was easy to keep up with. The world building was my favourite part of this book as there is definitely a lot of it in this first book and it was done really well. Everything was explained, so I wasn’t left confused at any point. This book isn’t exactly the most fast paced book I have read but I enjoyed it anyway as the world building and learning about the characters was really well done.

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This book, like I said isn’t fast paced and it’s also not extremely action packed. There is a few major points that happen throughout the book that have a lot of action but mostly this book is word building except for those bits and the last 20% of the book. Like I said I really enjoyed the world building so this didn’t bother me at all. I know this book is the first in a series so I didn’t mind the extensive world building, especially in a book that is based in a high fantasy world. I prefer it done this way in a series than jumping straight in and being confused and everything not being explained until the last book. This way, we know all the basics by the end of the first book and the rest of the series will be less confusing.

This next paragraph may be a little spoiler, so beware and if you don’t want any spoilers just skip to the characters section.
Like I said above this book gives me both Narnia & Harry Potter vibes. In Narnia they go through a wardrobe and end up in narnia, in this one Alex goes through a door and ends up in Medora. There is a school for people with ‘gifts’ which is like Harry going to Hogwarts where their gift is magic. And also, there being an arsehole who just wants to murder everyone he can’t use? I mean Lord Voldemort vibes!

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Alex or Alexandra is a really enjoyable character and I enjoyed seeing her go into this new world and develop. I just love Jordan & Bear, they are such good friends and great guys and one thing I loved about this book is there was no romance! Jordan always teases and jokes around with Alex but there isn’t anything more than friendship there and I kinda hope it stays that way between Bear, Jordan & Alex. There is a slight hint at an attractiveness with another character but as yet it’s not clear as to whether that is only a physical attraction to his looks or more. But that certain person I enjoy as a character and I would like to see more of him in the next book hopefully. Along with a few other including, Declan, Connor & his cousin, I’m pretty sure her name is Mel? She is only mentioned a couple times and I couldn’t find it in the book to double check it. But yeah, Connor’s cousin.
I also really enjoyed Alex’s teachers, well most of them. Finn is a bit of a jackass but that can’t be helped. Karter is an interesting characters and a little mysterious as to why he acts the way he does and I’m interested to see more.
Also D.C. is another interesting and mysterious character  that I’m interested to see more of in the next book, I’m hoping.

And of course I have already mentioned the arsehole who gives my Voldemort vibes.. I don’t think I need to say more.

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I really enjoyed this book and I’m keen to find out what is next. I loved the world building and the slower pace for the most part. I really enjoy most of the characters and I’m interested to see them even more.



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July 2017 TBR

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Okay it’s the middle of the year and also my birthday today already! So I had a pretty good reading month in June and I hope that continues this month! I have a couple eGalleys that I have to get to this month and my second ever goodreads group read! And luckily the two groups I’m in chose the same book this month! So let’s get into what I will be reading!



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So I got a copy of Draekora on NetGalley so I’m reading the first two books as Draekora is the third in The Medoran Chronicles!

Cinder is the book that is for the Goodreads group reads I’m participating in! And btw if you wanted to know which Goodreads groups I’m in they are Forgotten YA Gems & YA Book Bloggers

Song of the Current I received in The YA Chronicles box last month and it sounds really awesome so I’m keen to get to it.

These two are possible reads for the Duodecathon  for July as I’m choosing to do the following challenges:

– A book that has been on your TBR FOR 2+ years
– A book with multiple authors

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I don’t know if I will actually get to these, it will just depend on how long it takes me to get through The Dream Thieves! The Raven Boys was the book of the month for a goodreads group in June and they were thinking about continuing a buddy read and discussion going with the next books, so I have kept going with my reread of the series via audiobook!



And I think that is all! I will hopefully read more than this and I will also be participating in 2 ReadAThons this month, so I will add books in that fit the challenges for the BooktubeAThon but as they havn’t released their challenges yet I can’t really add them to this TBR pile at the moment.

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June 2017 Wrap Up

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I read 11 books and finished 2 audiobooks this month and I’m really happy with that! So here is all the books I read!



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A Court of Wings and Ruin Spoiler Free Review

Geekerella Spoiler Free Review

Caraval Spoiler Free Review

Shiver Review

Linger Review

Forever Review

End of the World: The Beginning Review

The Darkest Minds Spoiler Free Review

The Secret Science of Magic Review

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And that is all for this months wrap up! Hopefully I will have another great reading month in July!

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June 2017 Haul

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I didn’t buy too much this month but here is what I did buy!



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I got these woodmarks from Ink & Wonder

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The May GeekGear box came late last month, so it didn’t actually arrive till June and that’s why it is in this post. It is the one on the bottom right!



And that is all the things I got in the month of June. There were things in this post that were purchased in May, but only arrived in June and also there is things that I have purchased but haven’t arrived yet that will go in next months!

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June Duodecathon Wrap Up

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So for me the Duodecathon finished 12 hours ago at midnight last night. I will do updates day by day and then an overall at the end. I was updating daily on my instagram story but not all of you saw that, so here is what happened!

I was aiming for the challenge Read 1,200 pages but I also completed the Start OR finish a series challenge too.



Firstly you can find my full TBR/Possible reads for this HERE. And if you have looked at that post you will notice The Darkest Minds was on my TBR, however I actually got to reading that before the ReadAThon started.



Day 1:

So before the ReadAThon I had already started The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater on Audiobook. For pages for that book I just grabbed my hardcover and put little sticky tabs in it at what chapter I was up to so I could keep track.

Then on Day 1 I started the 20th Anniversary Gryffindor Hardback edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone with it’s extra pages of info at the start and back!

The Raven Boys: 24 Pages

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: 264 Pages



Day 2:

On Day 2 I finished Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and started the Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: 91 Pages

The Raven Boys: 40 Pages

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: 120 Pages



Day 3:

Day 3 I finished the Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: 139 Pages

The Raven Boys: 45 Pages



Day 4:

I started The Secret Science of Magic by Melissa Keil but because I was busy most of the day and not at home I didn’t read any of The Raven Boys audiobook.

The Secret Science of Magic: 176 Pages



Day 5:

On Day 5 I finished The Secret Science of Magic!

The Secret Science of Magic: 137 Pages

The Raven Boys: 53 Pages



Day 6:

On Day 6 I started Akarnae by Lynette Noni & also finished The Raven Boys audiobook!

With Akarnae I am reading it on the Kindle App and it gives you how many ‘Loc’ you’re up to which is like pages numbers but as I’m reading it on my iPad there is 5901 Loc. So obviously I’m not going to use that number for this challenge otherwise I would have finished the 1,200 page challenges just by reading a quarter of this book. So what I did was use the percentages and figure out about what page number I read using the page count of the Hardcover edition on GoodReads. So for Akarnae the pages are an estimate not exact but I read plenty over my goal so it’s fine if the count is a little off.

Akranae: 109 Pages

The Raven Boys: 36 Pages



Day 7:

So on Day 7 I was pretty busy so I didn’t get too much done. The pages I read of Akarnae were done between 12 & 2am but then I didn’t read anymore of it after that I started The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater on Audiobook when I was writing my Unboxing post yesterday. I had intended to read more of Akarnae last night but I went out for dinner with my Dad and our neighbour as it is my birthday on the 2nd of July and I was intending to come home with them and then read some more before the midnight end of the ReadAThon but I ended up staying at the pub as I met up with a few friends up there and I didn’t get home till about 2:30 in the morning after the Pub closed haha. So yeah I didn’t get anymore reading done yesterday.. But I had a good night so I’m not complaining in the slightest!

Akarnae: 74 Pages

The Dream Thieves: 27 Pages



Overall:

So overall I finished 3 books from start to finish. I finished 1 book that was already part way through & I started 2 books.

Total Pages Read: 1,335

Start OR finish a series: Both The Raven Boys & Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone are the start of a series. So they could both go towards that challenge!



Next month:

July 19-25

As this month was only my first month participating I want to catch up. If you don’t know this ReadAThon works a bit different to most. At the start of the year they release 12 challenges and each month you pick a different challenge so then by the end of the 12 months you have completed all 12 of the challenges.

So here are all the challenges!

Read 1,200 pages
Start OR finish a series
A 2017 debut author
A short story
A Graphic Novel
A Non-Fiction book
A Book that has been on your TBR for 2+ years
A book with multiple authors
A book you picked up because of the cover
A book that has to do with travelling
Someone else’s favourite book
The first book on your shelf you have read

The ones in bold I have completed. So for next month I am going to try and get at least 2 done and if I do it that way I will get them all done by the end of the year!

So for next month I want to try and use books I already have to finish 2 challenges. I will do a proper TBR closer to the ReadAThon but as I’m look at my shelves I could do the A book with multiple authors challenge with These Broke Starts by Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman. Also for the on your TBR for 2+ years challenge I will be choosing a book that wasn’t actually on my physical TBR for 2+ years as I do have 4 books that match that but 3 of them I never intend to read and the last is actually the third or something book in a series and I bought it years ago and didn’t realise as there is nothing on the cover to indicate that. So I instead I want to read The Hobbit for that one as even though it’s not on my physical TBR I have wanted to read it since the first movie came out a few years ago.



Well that is all for my Wrap Up and also some extra info about next months ReadAThon!

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June 2017 World of Wizardry GeekGear Unboxing

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So I’m back for another World of Wizardry Unboxing! This month I got a Ravenclaw themed box! I don’t know if I will be getting next months box, it will depend on if I have some spare cash before they finish selling.



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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Goblet of Fire Print

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See below the two variations that could have came. I like both prints but I think the one I got was my favourite. You can see in the photo above that in the background of the coloured flames is the towers of the Quidditch Pitch which I think is a tool addition.

Also in the front of the book GeekGear has added the following note

“Over the last few months we have made some amazing changed – one being out Prints! These are now ALL Licensed exclusives approved by Warner Bros and exclusive to us!’

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Exclusive Pin Series!

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Start collecting with our first ever No. 0001 World of Wizardry Pin!

So by the sound of that there will be a pin in each box from now on! Which is awesome and if they are all as cute as this one I will be happy! Also there was 3 variations that you could have gotten of this pon! There was Classic which is just the normal 1, there was the Silver edition that was 1 in 50 & Gold which is 1 in 100! So that was awesome that I got the Silver one when I never get the exclusive items!

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World of Wizardry Deck of Cards

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And you can see below what the cards themselves look like!

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House Scarf

A beautiful scarf, wear if with pride!

Show your love for the Wizarding World!

I couldn’t fit it all in one pic, so there is a pic of each houses section of the scarf!

Lightning Strike Necklace

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Flying Ford Anglia Figure

The famous car has been restored to its original condition and you can now proudly show it off on your shelf!

An exclusive figure by GeekGear!

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The Shirt.

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I honestly don’t like this shirt. The colouring I think is what is weird for me because the blue is too dark and the brown kinda colour is just a bit weird. On the Ravenclaw House logo on Pottermore the Raven is a darker brown but the crest behind it is Blue and silver.. So I don’t know, the colours just don’t look right to me. You can see in the booklet photo below this, the design which would have been on the other house’s shirts!.

The Booklet!

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Well that is all for this months GeekGear World of Wizardry box! I really liked this book except the shirt, I wish I had got any of the other houses as they all looked awesome, just Ravenclaws didn’t look right to me. And even though I’m not a Slytherin or Hufflepuff I would have worn those shirts if I had received them because they look cool. But the Ravenclaw one will be put in a giveaway at some point.

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July 2017 Anticipated Releases

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So I don’t have a tonne for July, but I still wanted to share them! So here we go.



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Because You Love To Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy by Ameriie, Renee Ahdieh, Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Sarah Enni, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tucholke, Nicola Yoon & Collaboration with 13 BookTubers

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 Genre: YA Fantasy Retellings Anthology Short Story
Pages: 320 (Hardcover)
Publication Date: 11th July, 2017
Publishers: Bloomsbury

Goodreads Synopsis:

Leave it to the heroes to save the world–villains just want to rule the world.

In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains’ points of view.

These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like “Medusa,” Sherlock Holmes, and “Jack and the Beanstalk” provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains’ acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage–and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!

Featuring writing from . . .

Authors: Renée Ahdieh, Ameriie, Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Sarah Enni, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tucholke, and Nicola Yoon

BookTubers: Benjamin Alderson (Benjaminoftomes), Sasha Alsberg (abookutopia), Whitney Atkinson (WhittyNovels), Tina Burke (ChristinaReadsYA blog and TheLushables), Catriona Feeney (LittleBookOwl), Jesse George (JessetheReader), Zoë Herdt (readbyzoe), Samantha Lane (Thoughts on Tomes), Sophia Lee (thebookbasement), Raeleen Lemay (padfootandprongs07), Regan Perusse (PeruseProject), Christine Riccio (polandbananasBOOKS), and Steph Sinclair & Kat Kennedy (Cuddlebuggery blog and channel).

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

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 Genre: YA Fantasy Mystery Glbt
Pages: 384 (Hardcover)
Publication Date: 25th July, 2017
Publishers: Harlequin Teen

So I actually got accepted yesterday on NetGalley to get a eGalley of this book for review. So that’s exciting! Being Aussie it’s so hard to get book I might enjoy on NetGalley because so many aren’t available in Aus and it really sucks and I also really don’t understand that. Unless a book isn’t releasing in Australia at all then why shouldn’t we be able to get eGalleys of it?! I will never understand that.

Goodreads Synopsis:

A darkly irresistible new fantasy set in the infamous Gomorrah Festival, a traveling carnival of debauchery that caters to the strangest of dreams and desires.

Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear.

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

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 Genre: YA Fantasy Historical Time Travel
Pages: 512 (Hardcover)
Publication Date: 18th July, 2017
Publishers: Simon Pulse

Goodreads Synopsis:

Stop the Magician.
Steal the book.
Save the future.

In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

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The Savage Dawn by Melissa Grey

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 Genre: YA Fantasy
Series Name: The Girl at Midnight #3
Pages:
 496 (Hardcover)
Publication Date: 11th July, 2017
Publishers: Delacorte Press

Goodreads Synopsis of Book #1 (The Girl at Midnight):

Magic lives in our darkest corners.

Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she’s ever known.

Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she’s fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it’s time to act.

Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, though if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it’s how to hunt down what she wants…and how to take it.

But some jobs aren’t as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.

The Reluctant Queen by Sarah Beth Durst

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 Genre: YA Fantasy
Series Name: The Queens of Renthia #2
Pages:
 368 (Hardcover)
Publication Date: 4th July, 2017
Publishers: Harper Voyager

So the first book in this series was on my Most Anticipated Releases sometime last year but I still haven’t read it! I’m getting there, I promise!!

Goodreads Synopsis of #1 (The Queen of Blood):

An idealistic young student and a banished warrior become allies in a battle to save their realm in this first book of a mesmerizing epic fantasy series, filled with political intrigue, violent magic, malevolent spirits, and thrilling adventure

Everything has a spirit: the willow tree with leaves that kiss the pond, the stream that feeds the river, the wind that exhales fresh snow . . .

But the spirits that reside within this land want to rid it of all humans. One woman stands between these malevolent spirits and the end of humankind: the queen. She alone has the magical power to prevent the spirits from destroying every man, woman, and child. But queens are still just human, and no matter how strong or good, the threat of danger always looms.

With the position so precarious, young women are chosen to train as heirs. Daleina, a seemingly quiet academy student, is under no illusions as to her claim to the throne, but simply wants to right the wrongs that have befallen the land. Ven, a disgraced champion, has spent his exile secretly fighting against the growing number of spirit attacks. Joining forces, these daring partners embark on a treacherous quest to find the source of the spirits’ restlessness—a journey that will test their courage and trust, and force them to stand against both enemies and friends to save their land . . . before it’s bathed in blood.



And that is all for my July Anticipated Releases!

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