August “Fast Times at YA High” OwlCrate Unboxing!

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It’s weird, because this was one of the earliest OwlCrate boxes I have received so far, but also the one I was least excited about. That should in no way mean that it was a bad box, just not AS amazing as I have perceived the previous ones. But first things first, In case you don’t know what that means, OwlCrate is a monthly book subscription box. There is a different theme for each month, but you neither know which book you are going to get, nor which 3-4 awesome goodies it will include. You can find out more details by clicking here.

The Book

To my utter shame I have to admit that I have never read a Kasie West book before, but P.S. I Like You seems so cute and is simply beautiful without it’s dust jacket on. From what I hear, people have sometimes finished it in one sitting, because it’s a fast and fun read. I already scheduled it as one of my reads for my September TBR and can’t wait to dive into something light and fluffy!

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The Goodies

So, here’s what was featured in the August box in addition to the book:

  • A custom-designed Eleanor & Park necklace – which is just adorable! I already wore it and it has the perfect length!
  • A Harry Potter print by Susanne Draws – I like to look at the prints OwlCrate includes, but I honestly don’t really know what to do with them. Still, it’s really cute and apparently exclusive to the box.
  • A Hogwarts button by Taryn Draws – OwlCrate is spoiling me with Harry Potter gifts and I feel more and more guilty for never having read the books.
  • A decomposition notebook – one can NEVER have enough notebooks, that’s a fact! And I like dinosaurs and the colour green, so I really cannot complain about this at all.
  • Adult colouring book by Blue Star Coloring – I’ve seen those colouring books everywhere these days, heck we are even selling them at the shop I work at. However, I don’t know how I feel about them and I am terribly scared to ruin them by actually colouring them … so I am not sure they do relieve stress for me. But I will try!

Next month’s theme is already buzzing around the internet, being “Darkness” it seems to intrigue as all. There are a couple contenders for the book, but my guess is on Three Dark Crowns. We will see if I was right once again! September I will get an OwlCrate box AND a Fairyloot one, so double the unboxing by this time next month – yay! If you want to join in on the fun and order a box for yourself, just click hereAnd don’t forget to use the code WELCOME15 to get 15% off your first order! 

What do you think about the August box? Would you want one as well? Are you ordering the September box?

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Aug 22-28)

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It’s Sunday and we all know what that means – it’s time for some trailers! I am more enthusiastic about my finds this week than I was last one and I hope you’ll enjoy some of them too!

Movies

A Dog’s Purpose

Can I just say I love this movie already!? DOGS ARE THE BEST!

My Blind Brother

I think this will be hilarious!

A United Kingdom

It looks like a really, really good movie!

Lion

Dev Patel – I would watch anything with Dev Patel in it! And I am kind of digging the rugged hair style.

Manchester by the Sea

I am confused about this for some reason. Why doesn’t he want to be the guardian for his brother? Looks interesting either way.

Kidnap

Movies like this freak me out and I don’t think I want to watch it.

Miss Stevens

In my opinion, no teacher-student-love story has worked since Ezria … at least not really.

The Late Bloomer

Oh gosh … I imagine it being terrible to go through puberty that late and all at once.

TV Shows

The Crown

I think this looks absolutely amazing and I am sooo happy to have Matt Smith back on a regular basis.

Victoria

Isn’t it kind of funny that both, Matt and Jenna, moved on to portray members of the royal family after leaving Doctor Who?

Flaked

Sometimes I just watch random Netflix trailers and they aren’t even new, but I haven’t shared them yet, so I put them in the posts.

Aftermath

Hmmm … I think I will stick to shows like Dominion or Wynonna Earp for now when it comes to Syfy.

So, what do you say? See anything you like?

Stranger Things Book Tag

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So, I don’t think it’s a secret that I am absolutely obsessed with Stranger Things! I usually stay away from anything that could scare me in the slightest, but somehow I couldn’t resist. It’s been weeks that I’ve watched it now, but I still can’t shake the awesomeness of it all. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s like Super 8 meets The Goonies meets Taken by Steven Spielberg – basically a whole bunch of awesomeness right there! Therefore I was all the happier to hear that A Running Commentary created the Stranger Things Book Tag and that Dee @Bookish Khaleesi tagged me for it!

I hope everyone is cool with me using these graphics, because I don’t know who created them originally, but I would like to give credit!

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THE FIRST BOOK IN A SERIES THAT LEFT YOU INTRIGUED AND SLIGHTLY CONFUSED

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)This Savage Song had such a unique and amazing set-up, but I did not understand half of how this world came into being in the first place. The idea of the monsters is absolutely fascinating, but I need so much more information. Monsters of Verity is therefore the series I choose! (Also, because it includes my buttercup August and I need to mention him a lot)

 

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A BOOK WITH A SETTING YOU WOULD NEVER WANT TO LIVE IN

Splintered (Splintered, #1)I do never ever want to go to the Wonderland version from the Splintered series. It’s more like a bizarre Goth-Zombieland than the version I came to love and cherish so much. So, if given the chance, I am afraid I would pass … even with Morpheus as my guide …

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A BOOK YOU OWN THAT IS SOMEWHAT DAMAGED, BUT LOVED TO PIECES

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)Most of my books are in pristine condition, but sometimes that’s just not possible to maintain. I don’t know how it happened but The Raven Boys is one of the rare books that actually looks like someone has read it and weirdly, I am not even mad about it.

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A TRILOGY YOU ALWAYS GO TO WHENEVER YOU NEED A PICK-ME-UP

I don’t re-read, therefore I really don’t know how to answer this … I guess Shatter Me, A Series of Unfortunate Events and the Inkworld books bring back happy memories, though I would never pick them up again, except maybe to read a certain passage.

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A BOOK WITH A TERRIFYING BEAST YOU WOULDN’T WANT TO FACE IN A DARK ALLEY

Is there such a thing as a beast I would like to face in the daylight instead? I don’t think so! Well, if we are not talking about the entire Miss Peregrine series, but just the first book, then I guess I wouldn’t want to run into a Hollow. (By book three I wanted them as pets, so there you go with my fear)

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A BOOK WITH A VILLAIN WHO IS BOTH MANIPULATIVE AND DEDICATED

I know I have already mentioned the Series of Unfortunate Events above, but have you ever considered how dedicated Count Olaf was to making those children miserable? The personas he took on, the time chasing them and for what? It was really ridiculous, but pure dedication.

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A BOOK YOU DIDN’T EXPECT TO LOVE

Red Rising (Red Rising, #1)This may come as a shock, but I did not go into Red Rising thinking that I would like it. In fact, I was ready to dismiss it after a couple of chapters but BAM! It hit me in the heart – hard! It’s way gorier than what I usually read and I also don’t dabble in sci-fi as much as I used to, so it was unexpected but deep, deep love!

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A BOOK WITH A SETTING THAT’S JUST A LITTLE BIT STRANGE

The Rest of Us Just Live HereI really enjoyed The Rest of Use Just Live Here but the setting is basically every teen cliché ever written, but in a good way? Does that make sense to you? Well, I guess you would have to really read it to know what I mean. It was cleverly done in my opinion.

 


I should tag someone, but I feel like people who watched the show will probably appreciate the tag the most. Since I don’t know who has and who hasn’t, I am using the easy cop out and tag EVERYONE!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Aug 15-21)

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I hope you all had a great week! Here we go again, you know the drill, it’s time for some trailers! The movies are a wild mix of everything (with weirdly a lot of psycho-stuff), but the TV shows are basically the same as in the past weeks, just with longer promos. Enjoy!

Movies

Hidden Figures

I really love the idea of this movie and I like stuff about space programs? So empowered women AND space – sounds good to me!

Same Kind of Different as Me

I am always really suspicious of those so called “true stories”.

Arrival

I find this extremely fascinating! Those are non-humanoid aliens with their own language, they really thought about this intensely.

Hands of Stone (Red Band Trailer)

I have to admit that I am no fan of boxing … therefore I am probably not going to watch this.

Generation Startup

“When you buy 3, you get a free hug” – such a good selling point! I am totally neglecting documentaries in this feature, so I am trying to put at least one in every week. Here you go with this one, because I think it’s inspiring.

Priceless

I was sure I put this in last week, but apparently I didn’t.

Better Off Single

I just read Aaron Tveit and clicked on it … not sure about the movie though. I mean … what even is this about?

Girl Asleep

That movie sure was some kind of experiment …

Broken Vows

Uhm … so Cam is the good guy in this scenario, which I really didn’t see coming.

When the Bough Breaks

Another stalkerish scenario …

TV Shows

Poldark

THEY LIED TO ME AND I AM HAPPY ABOUT IT! (To clarify: they said Aidan wouldn’t be shirtless again, but that trailer showed something different) However, seriously stop with Elizabeth, just big nope!

Our Girl

CANNOT. WAIT!

Blacklist Season 4

Hmmm … Lizzy is so badass. That guy can’t just waltz in there and say he’s her father and think it’s all good.

New ABC Thursday

This sounds like they are trying to sell us something real bad! Look at that tasty burger, blablabla … I won’t be convinced by anything until I have seen the show!

Honestly, I would only really watch Arrival and Hidden Figures from the movie department this week. I feel kind of meh about the rest … what about you? Anything caught your attention?

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (Book Review)

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Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Page Count
: 450

The Dream Thieves is the second book in the Raven Cycle. If you have missed out on my review for the first one a couple days ago, you can click here to check it out!

I thought that after The Raven Boys, I had an inkling of an idea as to how this book would go down. Well, turns out I didn’t. Of course, it did still talk about Glendower, which was the main plot in book one, but only very loosely in my opinion. It focused on different things instead, but you definitely won’t hear me complaining. While the first book was very Gansey and/or Blue focused with a bit of Adam, I felt that this one really showcased Ronan and Adam in a more detailed way.

I am not going to lie, I had my troubles with Ronan in The Raven Boys. He was arrogant and mean, not exactly the lovable kind of characteristics I am looking for. However, and this in no way means that he has changed much, I actually feel like I begin to understand him now and he’s grown on me so much since then. Basically everyone has! I love all the different POVs. It’s the perfect way to show the workings of all the characters, even the “villains”, which makes it all extremely engaging.

The plot … I guess I could talk about it, but there is something about the series that makes me want to keep everything secret so that no one gets spoiled. It’s such an intricately and beautifully written series that always manages to surprise you and pull you in. I already feel like I have known all of the boys and Blue forever, like I am meeting up with old friends as soon as I open the book. You sort of become part of their circle, seeing all those relationships unfold right in front of you. Again, this was so brilliant to read because of the characters and not what was happening.

There sure is a ton more to say, but I just don’t have the proper words to express it, so here is a quote:

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Fazit: 5/5 stars! I wish I could continue with the series right now, but duty calls.

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Did you read The Dream Thieves? Did you enjoy it as much as I did? I heard this is the one that split quite a few opinions.

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Aug 8-14)

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It’s Trailer Day and on Sundays where I have to work they always come a little early. I hope I didn’t forget anything and that you have fun with what I found!

Movies

Moana

I still want a longer trailer, because there is a lack of the cute pig, but I am happy because LIN IS SINGING! That’s always good!!

The Great Gilly Hopkins

I am going to cry watching this, I know it already! It’s from the author of The Bridge of Terabithia and with the girl from The Book Thief after all.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

I am still not very happy about the main new trilogy only being released every other year, but this looks good.

Complete Unknown

I find it kind of creepy to think that a person sheds personalities like clothes.

Allied

Just imagine she pretended their whole life together!? That would be a shocker …

Arrival

I usually don’t like to post teasers, because a lot of the time they are pointless, but I want to know how the aliens look like so bad right now!

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

I’d be lying if I told you that I’ve seen any of the previous movies, so I have absolutely no idea if this is a good thing or not …

Dancer

The dancing seriously gave me chills!

TV Shows

The Blacklist (Season 4)

This show is going places I never thought it would back in season 1. CANNOT WAIT!

Chicago Med (Season 2)

If you know me, you know that I love my Chicago shows! I am still waiting for Chicago Fire info, but also a release date for Chicago Justice!

Blindspot (Season 2)

I still haven’t finished Season 1 but this teaser makes me want to binge it before the new episodes come out.

Quarry (Cinemax)

I don’t think this is my kind of show, but maybe one of you wants to check it out.

Eyewitness (USA Network)

I am just not into crime shows … it’s really difficult to convince me to watch those.

Is there something you would watch? Something you are excited about? Tell me in the comments!

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (Book Review)

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Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Page Count
: 408

I’ve wanted to pick up this series in what feels like forever, so when I FINALLY got all the books at once, I suddenly became scared. I have never read anything by Maggie Stiefvater before, but you know how you sometimes hype something so much for yourself that there is absolutely no way it can possibly hold up? Well, I hyped this book A LOT! But as soon as I actually started reading, I realised that I had no clue what the book was really about. Heck, I even thought Blue was a boy (which she’s not. She’s a cool and eccentric girl). It’s pretty difficult to be disappointed about something when you didn’t even have a picture in your mind as to what exactly to expect. So, long story short, I loved it and am SO happy about that!

When we jump into the story it actually starts off kind of sinister but even though there are a ton of creepy vibes, I never felt scared. Which is a good thing, because I don’t like to be scared and also don’t think that the story is supposed to do that. In fact, I laughed a lot, while also being completely pulled into this world. It was way more magical than I expected, while at the same time I thought “yes, that is totally how I would have loved to spend my time during High School”.

Which brings me to my favourite part of the book – the characters. They are always such an essential part of any book really and this one is no exception. Blue and the boys don’t meet on the best of turns and it’s simply hilarious to read, because you know their fates are intertwined. There is bantering and friendship and love (platonical, familiar and a tinsy bit the romantic kind). They are immediately the kind of people you’d identify as squad goals! However, I didn’t love everyone from the beginning. In fact, I thought some of them were just plain weird or mean, but in the end they definitely grow on you. They aren’t just one-dimensional, they do have problems, and not just the magical kind, but real-life-relatable-problems.

There really isn’t much more I can say without spoiling people who haven’t read it (*keeping my fingers crossed I am not the last person in the universe who hasn’t*), but there were some great twists. You knew that something was up, but I honestly doubt that I would ever have made the connection myself. Twists are great, I really love them, but I would have freaked out if I had read the book without a possibility to continue with the series. It’s such a small statement, yet it changes everything. I am so looking forward to binge-read the rest!

Fazit: 4.5/5 stars! I want more, more, more! (Good thing I have all the books right here on my shelf!)

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Have you read the Raven Cycle? Which book was your favourite (without spoiling me please)? Is it only going to get better?

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Aug 1-7)

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I don’t know if it’s summer laziness from me or the uploaders of trailers, but here is my meager bounty for Trailer Sunday:

Movies

Storks

IT JUST GETS BETTER EVERY TIME! The glass thing always cracks me up.

Two Lovers and a Bear

Tatiana and Dane – I like them both but together … it’s an odd image. Just like the movie as a whole I guess. It’s one of those films where you have to be in the right mood.

I.T.

So, apparently this has Taylor Swift’s brother in it … he’s supposedly around the 1:30 mark. That family wants to take over all of showbiz.

XOXO

I imagine this movie to be a bit of a sensory overflow, but it seems cool nonetheless.

Embers

Seems interesting, but I would probably watch that at home someday rather than in a movie theater.

TV Shows

Poldark (Season 2)

I LOVE THIS SHOW! If you didn’t know that, you clearly missed my post about it last year. My obsession was reignited because Cátia binged the first season before the start of the new one and now I cannot wait.

Our Girl (Season 2)

I was all in with this show last year as well. It’s one of the rare occasions where I reviewed every single episode. I usually only do that for Doctor Who. I even have all the scripts from season 1 somewhere on my computer, but when I found out that they changed main character because of scheduling issues with the actress, I wasn’t sure I wanted to watch it again. BUT I JUST SAW BEN ALDRIDGE AND LUKE PASQUALINO! COUNT ME IN!!!

Is there anything on there you would watch? Tell me all about it in the comments!

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (Book Review)

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Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Page Count
: 427

This Savage Song was featured in the July OwlCrate box and so far I have not been disappointed by any read I have got from them, this one not being an exception – I loved it!

I know that Schwab has quite an impressive bibliography, but I haven’t read anything other than the Shades of Magic books so far. While I did enjoy them, I did not necessarily love them though, but now I have simply fallen for This Savage Song.

She created this world full of monsters and music. No one is safe. No one is truly good or evil – or at least that’s what the premise promised, but I thought it was pretty obvious who was on which side. I think that might have been a point that disappointed people a bit, but I personally didn’t really mind it. Good people have to do terrible things all the time. It’s how they deal with it afterwards that makes me decide if I still consider them good people or not and whatever August and Kate had to do in the book, you saw with a certainty that they did not fully enjoy doing really terrible acts.

At first I was a little confused with the set-up. Why were the monsters there? How were they created? How can something just begin to exist with a plop and be this fully developed being? The thing is, we don’t really get answers to that, but that is the exact same thing August is struggling with. You get a vague break-down of what happened, but it didn’t feel like a real explanation to me. Going through the same process as the character makes all the difference though and was maybe also the reason why I liked August a tiny bit more than Kate. She was tough and had something to prove, but I felt more connected to August’s struggle to just hold on. He soon turned into my baby that I just wanted to protect, but failed miserably at it.

One of the things I liked most was that it all was so quietly exciting. You got an in depth feel of the characters and their inner workings, but the real action didn’t start until the final third and I was totally okay with that. Also, I was glad to find that the ending open but not with a terrible cliffhanger. I knew going into this that it was a series and I am really looking forward to the continuation of the story. Right now our MC’s are all over the place, but I am sure they will find their way back together (just like Kell and Lila).

Fazit: 5/5 stars! It was an exciting, character-driven story that I cannot wait to dive back into with the sequels!

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Have you read This Savage Song? Do you share my feelings for it or did you have a different experience? Let’s discuss!