August 2017 OwlCrate Unboxing

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This is my second ever OwlCrate! I didn’t like this one as much as last month, mainly because there are just things I won’t get any use out of in this book.




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Here is a link to their website!

OWL CRATE:

Cost of the Box: $29.99 USD (Approx $37.50 AUD)
Shipping to Aus: $19.99 AUD (Approx $25.00 AUD)

OWL CRATE JR.:

Cost of the Box: $27.99 USD (Approx $35.00 AUD)
Shipping to Aus: $19.99 AUD (Approx $25.00 AUD)

YOU CAN ALSO PURCHASE PREVIOUS BOXES HERE!



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August – Something Wicked This Way Comes…

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

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Once upon a midnight while I pondered, weak and weary… These Edgar Allan Poe socks from Out of Print will keep you warm when you experience chills from your next scary read!

This item costs $10 USD which is about $12.50 AUD.

Happenstance Coffee

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Time to brush up on your unforgivable curses! Raise a mug to He Who Must Not Be Named witht his yummy Dark Arts inspired medium roast coffee made exclusively by Happenstance Coffee. Nagini Approved!

They don’t sell this exact one or this size on their website, but their normal coffee is 8oz for $12, so going by that, this bad of coffee is worth $3.

Fountain Pen

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Want to write the next great horror novel? When inspiration strikes, use your new fountain pen from Ooly. These gorgeous pens write so smoothly and come with extra ink cartridges so you can write long into the night.

This pen cost $5 Usd which in about $6.30 AUD!

Sleepy Hollow & Other Stories

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Author Washington Irving created one of the most iconic characters of all time (the infamous Headless Horsemen) when he wrote Sleepy Hollow. But did you know he wrote other spooky stories as well? We hope you enjoy diving into this exclusive edition of Sleep Hollows & Other Stories, published by our friends at Rock Paper Books.

The Penguin Classics edition of Sleep Hollow & Other Stories costs $15.08 on Book Depository, so I’m going to value this one the same. 

This Savage Song Sticker

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It’s no secret how much we adore Victoria Schwab here at OwlCrate. Her unique stories linger with you long after you turn the last page. To celebrate the conclusion of the Monsters of Verity duology, Evie Bookish has designed an exclusive This Savage Song sticker just for you!

So on her RedBubble her stickers about this size usually cost $2.87, so I’m going with that for this one too. 

Double-Sided Bookmark

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When thinking of wicked (yet lovable) characters, the gang from Ketterdam are at the top of our list! Treehouse of Books has designed an exclusive double-sided bookmark inspired by our favourite outcasts from Six of Crows.

So I can’t even find this Treehouse of Books store… But on average a double-sided bookmark will sell from between $3 & $5 on Etsy. This one is really nice quality so I will give it $5.

The Book!

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Would you ever be tempted to sell your soul? Dee gives up her heart and agrees to work for a demon in exchange for escaping a dangerous home life. But things quickly go awry, and Dee soon realises she’s dealing with much more than she bargained for. Alongside a group of other ‘heartless’ teens, Dee embarks on the fight of her life. Will they survive this chaotic nd otherworldly threat? Without a heart, will Dee ever be able to love again? The Hearts We Sold is a powerful, genre-blending story all about finding your inner strength, the power of friendship, and how important love is when the world goes dark. We also hope you enjoy the lapel pin (which will make sense once you read the story!).

On Book Depository this book is worth $22.40 and on QBD it costs $28.99. I’ll be using the Book Depository price. 



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So adding up all the pricing it ends up at $67.15 AUD. This box cost me $62.26 a month. For something worth $62 I expect a bit more value in the box. Last month was worth $84 which I was really happy with, this month was a bit below.

I don’t love this book as much as I did last months! In this months box I will not use the socks, one because I have no damn clue really who Edger Allan Poe besides that he is an American poet. Nor do I wear high socks like these. Also, I don’t drink coffee and neither does any of my friends or father and my Mum only drinks decaf unflavoured coffee… So that will probably go in the bin eventually. I’m not sure I will read Sleepy Hollows either.  I like the pen, sticker and bookmark a lot! I’m not sure on the book as it kinda sounds like a romance, which I’m not huge on, so I don’t know.



Well, that is all for this month’s OwlCrate unboxing! I didn’t get The YA Chronicles this month as I couldn’t afford both. As they usually have their boxes up for sale after the original shipment, so I will check out the spoilers and if I love the box then I will grab one! I will be really disappointed if The YA Chronicles is amazing as it’s the first one I haven’t got in months and I wasn’t obsessed with this months OwlCrate!

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This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab – Spoiler Free Review


Title: This Savage Song
Author: 
Victoria Schwab
Series Name: Monsters of Verity
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
Publication Date: July 5th, 2016
Pages: 427 (Hardcover)
Publishers: Greenwillow Books
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Blog TitlesThere’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwaba young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

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Blog Titles (1)I love how simple this cover looks from afar but how detailed it is close up! From a distant it simply looks like a read violin on a black background which represents the book perfectly! But then when you look closer you find that there is a broken city street shown in the violin shape. I think this cover fits the book amazingly! 

Blog Titles (2)After reading Victoria Scwabs short story in Because You Love To Hate Me I was excited to get to another of her books as the writing was amazing! And I was not disappointed!

The writing drags you in and doesn’t let you go! The pacing and flow was amazing. It was slower when it needed to be but was mostly fairly fast paced. The book flowed well and I didn’t have any issues with understand this book. The world was described beautifully and I didn’t finish the book with a hundred questions like some fantasy novels do. Everything was rounded off well and honestly I think this book could be read as a standalone. Even though we finish on a turn where our characters are about to face something completely new, it was still rounded of so well that you felt like it could just be left there and still be a perfect story. 

I also loved that there was no romance! I genuinely felt like a true friendship was being built in this book and I absolutely loved it! I seriously hope that the friendship continues in the next book and doesn’t turn to a romance (that is if both of our characters are together and in the next book 😝). 

My only complaint is I wish we had a map of Verity in the book! It would have been awesome to see where everything was located and also the areas considered Red, Yellow and Green! 

Blog Titles (3)I thoroughly enjoyed the plot in this book. It was action packed but not insanely so where it just feels unrealistic. Again everything was explained and summed up amazingly at the end, so the plot didn’t have any holes or spots that were confusing.  

Blog Titles (4)Firstly I loved the friendship in this book! Even though they had basically nothing in common, there is certain things that you go through with a person and can’t help but become friends and that’s exactly how this book felt! 

Kate I kinda disliked in the beginning. But e ven if how she did it in the beginning was a bit questionable, all she wanted was for her dad to actually respect and feel proud of her. I grew to like her though and found her really enjoyable. She was kind and caring, but also wouldn’t let people get away with doing something horrible, which I respect. Overall a pretty badass female character. 

August was an awesome character. He knew what he was excepted to be by Leo was wrong and never stopped fighting that. Yet he still made sacrifices that would benefit more people in the long run. He was also a caring and loving character and if someone he cared about was in trouble he would try everything he could! Except for with Isla because she is too stubborn to let others help here haha. 

From the start I didn’t like Leo. Even though I understood his general idea of people who have done wrong should suffer I still think he goes about it the complete wrong way. There is one thing to do the service to save others from these people, but to enjoy doing it was just a bit off for me. 

Sloan I also couldn’t stand but at first it was just because he was creepy and just felt odd but then towards the end my dislike for him definitely escalates! 

There are other side characters, but most of them we don’t see enough for me to full form thorough opinions of them. But I like Isla, and I hope we find out more about her in the next book! And Harker is a cruel bastard. 

Blog Titles (5)Overall I really enjoyed this book! The writing is amazing and you just don’t want to put the book down! The characters are very well done! Even if some of them I wanted to kill myself. I loved the friendship between our two main characters, it’s so refreshing and nice finding a book that actually has no romance with the MC! The world is also pretty unique and interesting! I can’t wait to get my hands on Book 2 towards the end of the year. 



HAVE YOU READ THIS BOOK? WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON IT?!
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