Review: Child of a Mad God

Hi everyone. It has been an insane amount of time since my last blog post…almost two years! How is that even possible? To be fair, reading has not been a top priority in the past few years, with work, starting my Master’s degree and dealing with someone close to me passing away from a terrible illness. However, still, it seems impossible that so much time has passed.

All of that aside though, I have finally found time to enjoy reading again, and after slowly rejoining the Bookstagram community, I have decided to try my hand at book blogging once more.

My first read of 2020 was Child of a Mad God by R.A Salvatore.


Title: Child of a Mad God 

Author: R.A Salvatore

Genre: Fantasy

Publication Date: February 6, 2018

Length: 496 pages

Goodreads Rating: 3.84

My Rating: 4/5

Goodreads Synopsis:

From R. A. Salvatore, the legendary creator of Drizzt Do’Urden, comes the start of abrand new epic journey.

When Aoleyn loses her parents, she is left to fend for herself among a tribe of vicious barbarians. Bound by rigid traditions, she dreams of escaping to the world beyond her mountain home.

The only hope for achieving the kind of freedom she searches for is to learn how to wield the mysterious power used by the tribe’s coven known as the Song of Usgar. Thankfully, Aoleyn may be the strongest witch to have ever lived, but magic comes at price. Not only has her abilities caught the eye of the brutish warlord that leads the tribe, but the demon of the mountain hunts all who wield the Coven’s power, and Aoleyn’s talent has made her a beacon in the night.


My Thoughts:

From reading some of the other reviews of this book on Goodreads, it seems like this book is slightly polarizing for readers. People seem to either love it, or strongly dislike it. I really enjoyed it, however before I continue my review, I should mention that this is the first R.A Salvatore book that I have read. I have not read any of his Drizzit books set in The Forgotten Realms, or any of his other books set in this same land of Corona. While I’m sure reading his other books would enhance the experience of reading Child of a Mad God, I feel that it also stood strong on its own.

In Child of a Mad God, Salvatore creates a gritty, vivid world for readers to explore. The pacing feels just right, especially if like me, you enjoy books that allow you to travel with characters across decades. The two main characters in this book are Aoleyn, who we first meet as a three year old girl and member of the Usgar tribe and Talmadge (a personal favorite of mine) who we first meet as a 20-something trader with a troubled past.

In addition to the characters, another aspect of the book that intrigued me and held my interest was the system of magic. In the Usgar tribe, women are generally subjugated however, some of them have an affinity for using magic found in crystals, and can then join a group of witches, known as “The Coven.” As she grows Aoleyn shows an affinity for the magic, but she is also a strong female character who does not want to conform to the strict, misogynistic rules of Usgar society. I will say that there are times when sexual abuse is used as a plot device, so be aware of that. That aside though, both main characters face many challenges and plot twists throughout the book and when I finished it, I picked up the sequel immediately so that I could keep travelling with these characters.

In sum, I give Child of a Mad God 4/5 stars. It kind of reminded me of Jean M. Auel’s Clan of the Cave Bear, but with magic and mystical creatures. Haha. I recommend it for readers who are in the mood for a gritty, fantasy, with intriguing characters, a strong female lead, and an interesting and unique system of magic.

I hope that this review was helpful. Has anyone else read this one? What did you think.

Happy Sunday!





2017: My Year Without Book Blogging

Hi everyone,

First things first, I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has kept following me, on here, and on Bookstagram, despite my long and unintentional hiatus.

Yesterday marks a year since my last blog post.

I’ve recently found the time to get back into reading for fun, but I felt it would just be too weird to all of a sudden post a random book review after so long.

So, for anyone who is interested, I will now provide the “Coles Notes” version of my incredibly busy 2017.

As some of you know, I am a teacher, but teaching positions are hard to find in Ontario. So, early last year, I applied for a position in British Columbia. Luckily, I was successful. They asked if I could start in early April. So February and March were a whirlwind of packing and getting our two girls, and my terminally ill grandmother ready to make the trip across the country. Our house also didn’t sell right away, so we had to find a short-term rental to tide us over. My fiance’s father and step mom live in BC, in the same city where I got the job, so they helped to make the transition as smooth as possible. We have loved being close to them, it’s such a nice change.

I arrived in BC on April 8th, and started substitute teaching on the 10th. Talk about jetlag, haha. I didn’t care though, I was ecstatic to finally be in the classroom.

In June, I went through the process of applying for a permanent position, and I was lucky enough, to get one, as a High School Special Education Teacher. So, the summer was spent preparing for my new position, and the fall was spent learning about my students, and settling into my new role. Add to that the busy holiday season, and that pretty much sums up 2017 for us in a nutshell. It was a year of major life changes, all of them for the better, and we wouldn’t change a thing. We are absolutely loving our new life in BC.

2017 wasn’t entirely “bookless” I read 9 books, and posted a few times on Bookstagram. I tried to keep up with it, but I simply didn’t have the time or energy for daily posts, or composing blog posts. I did my best to check in as much as possible though. Thank you to everyone who sent supportive comments and messages.

Now, almost a year in, I am comfortable enough with my work to start finding time to read again. I have missed the online bookish community quite a bit. I’m looking forward to getting back into it.

I’ve read 2 books so far this year, and I’m partway through the third, hopefully I can post reviews soon. I’m also making an effort to post on Bookstagram again, at least once  a week.

That’s pretty much it for now. How has everyone been? What books have you loved that I should try? Do you have any tips for balancing life, books, and blogging? I’d love to hear them.

Enjoy the rest of your Saturday! 🙂




Review: Crooked Kingdom

Hi everyone. I hope that you are all having a good day. Also, welcome to all of my new followers. 🙂

Lately, I have a bad habit of writing a post and then going almost a month before writing another one. One of my bookish resolutions this year is to be more consistent, so I thought it would be a good idea to write a review of Crooked Kingdom sooner, rather than later. Fair warning, I ADORED this book! As you know, 2017 has been a total Leigh Bardugo book binge for me so far. And just when I think I can’t love the next book more, I do. 

Only problem is, I’ve run out of her books. Haha. Bring on the book hangover…

Title: Crooked Kingdom 

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Publication Date: September 27, 2016

Length: 536 pages

Goodreads Rating: 4.64

My Rating: 5/5

Goodreads Synopsis:

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world. 

My Thoughts:

Six of Crows ends on a pretty intense cliffhanger, and luckily, Crooked Kingdom picks up right where we left off. 

Bardugo’s world-building is wonderful, and in this book we get to see more of Ketterdam, which was very interesting. Most of the characters are now back on their home turf, but that doesn’t mean that things are going to be easy for them. 

There are just as many, if not more suspenseful moments and plot twists than in its predecessor. It was lots of fun trying to keep up with the crew and try and guess what was going to happen next. 

We also get way more insight into the characters. There are many more flashback sequences, and Wylan gets his own POV chapters this time around too. 

The romance also gets kicked up a notch, and one of the pairings, I won’t say who, because it may lead to a spoiler later on, has now become one of my top ships ever. As in Six of Crows, the characters and relationships are so raw and realistic that it is impossible not to care and or fall in love with them. 

There were also some interesting new characters introduced, as well as some cameo appearances by some Grisha Trilogy characters that added to the continuity of the story as a whole. 

Crooked Kingdom is also the first book, in a very long time to make me cry. And we’re not talking a few tears rolling down my cheek. Oh no…I mean full on sobbing, put the book down, and actually contemplating taking a break from it. Haha. I don’t want to give anything away, which is why I didn’t mention any character names above. But, boy, oh boy does Bardugo know how to pack an emotional punch. 

In sum, I give Crooked Kingdom (surprise, surprise) a 5/5 and I would definitely recommend it. It’s one of those rare sequels that improves upon its predecessor, by delving deeper into the characters and gives the story a satisfying ending, while still reminding us that life can’t always be perfect. 

I hope that this review was helpful. I tried to be impartial, but it’s hard because I loved it so much. In fact, I’m currently encouraging everyone in my house to read this series. 

Who’s read it? What were your thoughts?

Thanks for stopping by,


Review: Six of Crows

Hi everyone. I hope that you are all having a good day. 

The good news is, I’ve already read 5 books this year. That’s half as many as I read in all of 2016. The bad news is, thus far, I’ve only written a review for one of them. 

It’s safe to say that I’ve spent the past month in a total Leigh Bardugo haze. After finishing Shadow and Bone, I quickly read Seige and Storm and Ruin and Rising. I enjoyed them both just as much as the first, and I should already have reviews of them on here. Instead, I delved right into Six of Crows. (Spoiler alert, I’ve finished Crooked Kingdom already too, but that will be a post for another day.)

Title: Six of Crows

Author: Leigh Bardugo 

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Publication Date:  September 29, 2015

Length: 465 pages

Goodreads Rating: 4.45

My Rating: 5/5

Goodreads Synopsis:

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager

A runaway with a privileged past

A spy known as the Wraith

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes 

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first. 

My Thoughts:

I’ve mentioned a few times that I’m a rather slow reader. I got through this book in only three days. 

I’ve seen this book and it’s sequel so much on Bookstagram and Twitter, that I was actually a little nervous to read it. I didn’t know what to expect, having loved the Grisha Trilogy so much, I was just happy that there was another series set in the same world. 

I didn’t think it was possible, but I enjoyed this book even more. 

The setting, especially Ketterdam is very refreshing. Reminiscent of Amsterdam, Bardugo does a wonderful job of transporting the reader right into the hustle and bustle of the vibrant port city. Even the slums of the Barrel seem like a place you would want to visit. We get to see Ferjda too, which is neat because it was referenced a lot in the Grisha Trilogy. 

The characters are also interesting and multilayered. Instead of having one first person narrator, Bardugo gives us five very different perspectives. Kaz, Inej, Jesper, Nina, and Matthias. They all have different strengths they bring to the crew, and they also all have their own flaws. That’s one of the things I enjoyed most about this book, how quickly you care about the characters and feel like one of the gang. Often when there are multiple points of view, I have favourite characters and find myself wishing for their sections, in this case I enjoyed them all. 

The story is also incredibly fast-paced. It’s easy to read a ton without even noticing. Bardugo also balances the thrill of the heist with flashbacks that provide insight into the characters and their motivations. 

The romance aspects of the story are also raw and real, and not at all forced. 

I’ve tried to think of a minor criticism for the book, so that my review is as well-rounded as possible, but I really can’t think of anything. This book is definitely one of my new favourites, in fact I haven’t adored a story this much since I first read Harry Potter. 

I guess I should stop gushing. Haha. In sum, I give Six of Crows 5/5 and I would definitely recommend it. Especially if you enjoy an action packed fantasy with a gritty undertone, colourful characters, suspense, and just the right amount of plot twists to keep you on the edge of your seat. 

I hope this review was helpful. I plan on posting a review for its sequel, Crooked Kingdom soon. Have you guys read these? What did you think?

Thanks for stopping by,


Review: Shadow and Bone

Hi everyone. I hope that you are all having a good day. I am quite pleased with myself at the moment. It is only the second day of the year, and I already have a book under my belt. To be fair, I started it before the year began, but still, it took me less than a week to read. 

It didn’t take long for me to realize that Shadow and Bone was going to be a new favourite either. I practically devoured it. I’m glad too, because it’s been on my TBR for almost a year, thanks to Bookstagram. 

Title: Shadow and Bone

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy 

Publication Date: 2012

Length: 356 Pages

Goodreads Rating: 4.06

My Rating: 5/5

Goodreads Synopsis:

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his lifea power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

My Thoughts:

I am a sucker for prologues. They usually draw me in, and are often among my favourite parts of books. Shadow and Bone was no exception. 

I was hooked from the first few pages. I was immediately swept up in the world that Bardugo created. The characters are instantly relateable, and the magic, or I should say, “small science” interesting.  The history major in me also loved the Imperial Russian feel that the world has. 

I was swept up into the Grisha world right with Alina,  and found myself wondering which colour of kefta I would wear. 

In addition to being imaginative, Bardugo is also an excellent writer. The pace was just right, there were no awkward moments or dull stretches. Alina is also a worthy protagonist and narrator, and I love her power.  Parts of the dialogue also made me chuckle out loud. 

I am also intrigued by the Darkling. I don’t want to give any of the plot twists away. So, I will just say that perhaps my one issue is that we are not given as much insight into his character or motives as I would like. Although that is also part of the mystery. 

Another thing I enjoyed about this book is that all of the plot twists and character decisions were believable. Nothing seemed forced or far fetched.  

In sum, I give Shadow and Bone 5/5 stars and I would definitely recommend it. Especially if you enjoy fast-paced fantasy, with intriguing world-building, plenty of twists, and a dash of romance. 

I hope this review was helpful. If you’ve read it, what did you think?

I wouldn’t normally post a photo of myself, but my face describes how I feel about the book. Haha. 🙂

I for one cannot wait to delve into the next instalment, Siege and Storm. Thank goodness I already have it. 

Thanks for stopping by,


Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope that you all are having a good 2017 so far. 

2016 contained a lot of book related firsts for me, essentially it is when “theclumsybookworm” was born. I joined bookstagram, started this blog, and made many wonderful new friends. 

My blog posts were not as regular as I would have liked, due in large part to things beyond my control (Stupid cancer! Although my Nana is doing well, under the circumstances.) One of my 2017 goals is definitely to post more!

I also managed to read 10 books in 2016…

1. The Queen of the Tearling By Erika Johansen

My review post can be found here

2. A Court of Thorns and Roses By Sarah J. Maas

3. Throne of Glass By Sarah J. Maas

4. Crown of Midnight By Sarah J. Maas

5. Fangirl By Rainbow Rowell

My review post can be found here

6. Cinder By Marissa Meyer

My review post can be found here

7. Three Dark Crowns By Kendare Blake

My review post can be found here

8. The Selection By Kiera Cass

9. The Elite By Kiera Cass

10. The One By Kiera Cass

Ten books is two more than I read in 2015,  but I definitely want to do even better in 2017. 

In 2016, I also started quite a few books and then didn’t finish them. The four that I would most like to go back and finish this year are…

1. Heir of Fire By Sarah J. Maas

2. A Court of Mist and Fury By Sarah J. Maas

3. The Raven Boys By Maggie Stiefvater

4. Scarlet By Marissa Meyer 

In addition to these, there are a TON of books in my TBR jar. 

So I definitely have to sort out my 2017 reading goals. Haha. 

What about you guys? What books are you hoping to read this year? Any of the ones in this post match up?

I hope that 2017 is a wonderful year for all of you!

Thanks for stopping by, 


Review: Three Dark Crowns

Hi everyone, and Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadians! 

Once again, I apologize that my posts have been rather sporadic lately. I have not had much time for reading, or any hobby lately. Two months ago, my Nana, who is more like a mother to me than a grandparent, was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. So, lately that has been pretty much all I can focus on. 

That being said, I did manage to finish Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake yesterday, and you can find my review below:

TitleThree Dark Crowns

Author: Kendare Blake

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Publication Date: September 2016

Length: 398 pages

Goodreads Rating: 3.83

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis:

Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.
If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.

My Thoughts: 

As you may have guessed from the above picture, I received Three Dark Crowns as part of the September Owlcrate box. The theme was “Darkness” and it came with many wonderful bookish goodies. 

I was immediately drawn to the book’s cover, and the synopsis seemed right up my alley. So, rather than simply add this book to my ever-growing TBR pile, I decided to delve into it right away. I’m very glad that I did. 

The book is set on the island of Fennbirn, a place devoted to the Goddess, where Queens rule and the Beltane fires burn brightly. Almost as soon as I began reading, I was reminded of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon, echoes of which can be found throughout the book. 

Blake has populated Fennbirn with a colourful cast of characters. One of the criticisms I have read is that some readers were confused because there are too many characters. I don’t agree. I found all the characters interesting, and I think that Blake did a good job of separating each faction so we know who supports which queen. 

The queens themselves were all also good characters and also different enough that it was possible to pick a favourite, but still enjoy reading about them all. Arsinoe is my favourite. 

I also really enjoyed Blake’s world-building. Just as the island would not let the queens leave, I was sucked into the mythology and culture of Fennbirn, and could not stop reading. 

The pace of the novel was perhaps a bit slow in the beginning, but it picks up quickly. There are also quite a few plot twists throughout the book and the ending was completely unexpected. In fact, I’m actually a little embarrassed that I didn’t think of it myself. 

One small criticism I have, and why the book did not get 5 stars, is that the love interests in the book are a little flat. We rarely get to see things from their point of view, and so don’t get a lot of insights into their motives and decisions. Perhaps that will be remedied in the next instalment though. 

Overall, Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake was a quick, enjoyable read. I give it 4 out of 5 stars and will definitely get the sequel when it comes out next year. I would reccomend it, especially if you enjoy dark fantasy with a unique setting, poison, familiars, and strong female characters. 

I hope this review was helpful. If you’ve read the book, what did you think? 

Thanks for stopping by,


Review: Cinder

Hi everyone. I hope that you all had a good day. I finally managed to break my reading slump. Yay! This one was a particularly long one. I haven’t done much reading since I finished Fangirl in June. Each time I thought I had found the book that would end my reading dry spell, it turned out not to be the one after all.

I’m actually kind of surprised that Cinder was the book that managed to kickstart my inner bookworm again. I’ve heard great things about it through Bookstagram, and it is yet another series that I’m late discovering. However, I have to admit, it’s been on my TBR for a while, and for some reason I was a bit reluctant to start it. I wasn’t sure how I would enjoy the futuristic setting, after all, I am a history buff. Haha. I’m really glad I decided to go with it though, because it turned out to be just the kind of book I needed right now. You can find my full review below…


Name: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles Book 1)

Author: Marissa Meyer

Gnere: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Publication Date: 2012

Length: 387 pages

Goodreads Rating: 4.14

My Rating: 4/5

Goodreads Synopsis:

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Favourite Character: Cinder

Favourite Quote: “Even in the future, the story begins with Once Upon a Time” (back cover)

My Thoughts:

As I mentioned above, I was initially hesitant to read Cinder. I love fairytale retellings, but science fiction is not really my forte. I was intrigued by the idea, but I wasn’t sure if I would like it. Actually, to be honest, and also to kind of embarrass myself by admitting this, prior to reading this book, I didn’t know what a cyborg was. I thought it was a type of robot or android. Luckily, I am now much more informed.

It doesn’t take long to get swept up in this book. It is interesting and original, which is saying something since fairytale retellings are becoming more and more popular. It is also quite fast paced. Meyer doesn’t waste time with odious amounts of description. Instead, she keeps the plot moving and her dialogue snappy.

My favourite character was Cinder. I have mild cerebral palsy, and tend to get stared at whenever I go out, and often wish I could change or hide it. So I found it easy to sympathize and identify with her problems as a cyborg. Often, I found myself thinking, “been there,” or “I know exactly how you feel.” As such, I was also somewhat grateful to Meyer for portraying her disability, for lack of a better word, so realistically. It is not often that main characters in literature have such physical limitations.

I enjoyed the other characters in the book as well. I liked that they had many facets to them, and did not always react to situations the way you assumed they would. I am also very intrigued by Levana and think that she is a very worthy antagonist.

Another thing that I liked about this book, is that while certain aspects are predictable, others are not. We all know the story of Cinderella, so there can be a tendency to assume that we know where the story is going. However, Meyer definitely has a few surprises in store for readers.

I gave the book a 4/5 rating. The one thing I will mention, is that while for the most part, I enjoyed the sassy dialogue, and it had me laughing out loud on numerous occasions; there were a few times however, that it seemed kind of choppy and over the top. One example I can think of is, “Now, is that the one where the dominatrix queen throws a tantrum and threatens war everytime she doesn’t get her way…” (pg. 248). I know what Meyer was going for, but for some reason this made me stop reading, it just seemed kind of out of place with the rest of the book. Those instances were few and far between though.


Overall, I found Cinder to be quite the entertaining read, so much so that I went out today and bought Scarlet so I can continue on with the story. I would definitely recommend that you give this one a try. Especially if you enjoy creative, original, fairytale retellings with a sic-fy twist, or if like me, you are curious about what a cyborg is. Haha.

I hope this review was helpful.

Thanks for stopping by,




Owlcrate “Royalty” Unboxing (June 2016)

Hello everyone! I hope that you are all having a good day so far. I’ve had so many ideas for posts lately, but I haven’t been able to find the time to sit down and write one until now.

So, I don’t know about you guys, but I’m one of those people who drools over and secretly desires Owlcrate boxes. For those of you who don’t know, Owlcrate is a monthly YA subscription box that delivers a new YA book to you each month, along with many other bookish goodies. I learned about it about six months ago when I joined Bookstagram, and I have wanted one ever since.

I don’t usually splurge on myself, but when I saw that while the July box was sold out (that’s how popular these are!) I decided to check out their leftover stock from previous months. And, of course when I discovered that June’s “Royalty” themed box was still available, I took the plunge.

I was also curious to see how long shipping would take to Canada, and I was pleasantly surprised. I placed the order on July 12th and I received the box yesterday (July 20th).


I haven’t received any snail mail, besides bills, in a long time, and I have to admit, that I was giddy with anticipation. Now of course, I had seen other unboxings on Bookstagram, so I had a general idea of what was in the box. That didn’t make me enjoy myself any less though.


In the box was

  • My Lady Jane by Cynthia hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows (with an adorable paper crown, I feel compelled to add.)
  • Three very cute magnetic bookmarks by Craftedvan
  • A lovely bracelet made by Rich Love Shoppe and inspired by The Lunar Chronicles
  • A mystery mini Disney Funko (I got Elsa)
  • A beautiful postcard print by Evie Bookish, with a quote from Red Queen
  • A $10 coupon, which can be used towards a bookmark made by Olena at My Bookmark-Shop


I was very happy with all of my bookish loot, and I think that it definitely a worthwhile purchase.

The only thing I will mention, especially to my fellow Canadians, and I’m sure for people in other countries as well, is that the exchange rate did, of course, increase the price quite a bit. The box, and shipping to Canada came to approximately $69.

While I may not be able to afford to treat myself to one every month, I will whenever I can because I felt like a kid on Christmas morning when I was opening it. Haha.

Anyway, that’s all for now. I hope that this post was helpful, especially if you’re considering trying Owlcrate out.

Does anyone subscribe to Owlcrate? What other subscription boxes do you guys like?


I’ll end the post with one more photo of the bracelet, because I think it was my favourite item in the box. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by,


June Book Haul

Hi everyone. I hope that you are all having a good evening. I can’t believe that it’s the end of June already, and that the year is already half over. 

I also can’t believe that this reading slump I’ve been stuck in has lasted over a month. However, that being said, I can happily say that it is now over. Yay! 

Look what I got today:

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen 

I am so, so excited to read it! The Queen of the Tearling was my first read of 2016 and I adored it. I wanted to rush out and get the second one immediately after finishing it but I resisted because I didn’t want the books to be mismatched. Kind of silly, I know. But it was worth it in the end, because look how pretty they look together…

And also, this is just the book I need to get out of my reading slump. 

Since I wasn’t reading this month I didn’t let my self go crazy and buy as many books as I usually do. So, my monthly book haul is much smaller than normal. Though, I did find these two gems at the Dollar Store, of all places…

The Prince of Ravenscar By Catherine Coulter

Red Sky in Morning by Paul Lynch

Both of these buys were definitely influenced by cover-lust, and the fact that I couldn’t resist the idea of getting two hardcovers for $6. Still though, since they are historical fiction, I’m sure that O will enjoy them when I do get around to reading them. 

Anyone read them yet? What is your favourite book from your book haul this month? 

Well, that’s all for now. Keep an eye out for a review of The Invasion of the Tearling in the next little while. 

Thanks for stopping by,