Book Love Review: The Sandcastle Empire.

This amazing book was the June Owlcrate selection.  Armed with a field guide to a mysterious island and a vial of her father’s blood and teeth Eden attempts to escape her war-torn world to find refuge and answers on the island.

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What I loved about this book:

* It was a quick easy read.
* That it takes place on a mysterious jungle island that is more than it seems.
* The writing style is engaging and detailed without slowing the pace.

*  Chapters alternate between regular length and 1-2 pages.

*  Chapters alternate between regular length and 1-2 pages.
* The overall plot is interesting and it has a lot of neat world-building aspects.
* Excellent 1st chapter that grabs you and keeps you reading.

* Some details will stick with me forever. The Vial of blood and teeth. The beetles.

I rated this four stars instead of five for a few reasons that are a bit hard to pinpoint. There was nothing I disliked about this book but here a few reasons I didn’t rate it 5 stars.

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My Opinion:

* The world, although fascinating, didn’t work for me at first. After I started thinking of island in the terms of the tv series LOST instead of  I think of when I think of a Dystopian world it felt a little more realistic to me.
* The plot seemed to fall into place to EASY. There are many excellent setbacks and twists but something about it just felt off.  I never felt that the character was in grave danger even when she was in the midst of it but it was still interesting enough to keep me reading. Honestly, I think my expectations of what I thought the book was going to be was what caused me not to rate it five stars.  It was more sci-fi than I was anticipating.
* The end. I hope this is a series because the end left me hanging and not in a good way. I needed a little more resolution even if it is a series.

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Overall, this is a fantastic book that is easy to dive into and get lost in. It has a lot of tech and sci-fi elements, suspense and  I can see this series blooming into something addictive.

June Owlcrate Unboxing: Make it Out Alive

Zombies? Check.

Survival Stickers? Check.

I am ready for this month’s Owlcrate unboxing… are you? This months theme is Make It Out Alive and it contains 2 complete books. Which makes it a winning box in my opinion.  Read on to find out what was in the box and my thoughts and then click the link below to check out the unboxing video. My kids assisted with the unboxing and they have a special request for you at the end of it.

Unboxing video

The complete contents of the box… except the magnet. I stuck it on my metal lamp and forgot to photograph it until later.

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My favorite non book item was bath bomb  from the Fizzy Fairy Apothecary. ( I adore that name!)  This bath bomb was created exclusively for Owlcrate.  It was amazing and  turned my bath water a fizzy DARK green. So dark  that it would have been easy to let the silver tree charm inside it go unnoticed if I had not an inkling that there was something inside it.

The box also included a bookmark, a magnet, the author letter, and the signed bookplate. Isn’t this magnet adorable? I love the quote.

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My daughters favorite item is the zombie sleep mask. It has already disappeared into her room along with the multi colored pen that came in last months box.

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Joshua liked this month’s button and the sleep mask as well.

The box also included survival themed stickers. Now that I have started reading the book the theme and related items are clicking into place. Although, I have not deciphered the meaning of the iron on patch that was included.

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On to the books. The featured book is The Sandcastle Empire. I am already on page 120 and it is keeping me interested, but as of right now I don’t think it will go on my list of favorite books for the year.

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The second book is a paperback called New World Rising and I am excited to start reading.

Next month’s theme is  wanderlust. The box will include a licensed product from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I get the feeling that I am going to have to fight to keep that item from my kids.

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Which brings me to the challenge I mentioned at the beginning of the post.

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I made a deal with my kids and you get to help them out.  I told them that when we get 10 views of our video and 10 new subscribers to my YouTube channel I will order them there very own Owlcrate Jr and let them make there own unboxing video. They have been begging me for months to order them a box so let’s make it happen!

June Owlcrate Unboxing Video

 

 

 

 

May Owlcrate Unboxing: Comic Explosion Plus Announcements!

It is Owlcrate Unboxing time! Actually, it is way past that. I filmed the video a last week but I am just now getting it posted. This box was worth the wait! Comic Explosion was the theme and OwlCrate had already let us know that we would be getting a Funko Pop figurine. I was beyond excited about that but afraid I would get one I did not like.

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Oh my Gosh… I got Wonder Woman! I could not be happier. I adore her outfit and sword. I keep her on my desk with the Wonder Woman Candle that was ALSO in this box! It is tropical scented and I think it has a nice  hint pomegranate. It is adorable sized ( which is small but calling it adorable is a great marketing tool – and accurate. It is adorable. I don’t even care that is not very big.

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Here is a quick list of what was in this months box:

  • Funko pop figurine
  • Adorable sized candle
  • Comic inspired button with coordinating zipper pull/keychain
  • Organic Coffee Candy
  • Art Card
  • Comic layout spoiler card
  • Next months theme card
  • Author Letter & Signed Book Plate
  • Sample Chapter of AFAR  graphic novel
  • Eliza and her Monsters Novel

I enjoyed all the items. I ate the coffee candy before taking a good photo. I thought about photographing the empty wrapper but I decided to discard the evidence of my candy binge. I do love coffee flavored candy.  I don’t like most “hard” candy but coffee candy is the exception.

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The graphic novel sample chapter is impressive. I started reading it but then I spilled coffee on it. Gotta wait for the pages to dry before I finish it. Just call me a coffee klutz.

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I loved the author letter. The letter has become one my most anticipated things in the box. Don’t forget to watch the video – I read part of the letter.

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I have not had time to read the book but I am dragging it along with me on vacation. I love the exclusive cover.

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Please excuse the terrible background in the prior photo. Everything I have done this month has had to be done in a rush and I overlooked some details. I also had a lot of issues filming the video. I kept mispronouncing BASIC words and rambling. I had to edit out a lot of the video.

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Next month sounds like a dystopian theme! I am excited to see if I am right about it. They are also including an exclusive item from the FIZZY FAIRY APOTHECARY.

I think there is still time to sigh up for the June box! Get your box

I also share a few announcements on my video. I have an author newsletter than you can subscribe to.  It will be monthly or bimonthly and feature exclusive content, occasional freebies, giveaways, and news about what is happening with me and my books.

I have new bookish designs, inspirational items, and author related goodies in my  new Society6 store.  You can get my designs on mugs, phonecases, and other products. See my Society6 stuff

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Last but not least, I have an INSTRAGRAM only giveaway going on. You can win one of my society6 items or a Amazon gift card prize pack.  So follow me on instagram, find the giveaway post, like, comment and tag a friend.

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Thanks for joining me! Have a blessed & bookish day!