April Nocturnal Readers Box Unboxing

I have wanted to try out Nocturnal Readers Box for a while and decided to just go for it this month. These are the things that I got…

The wearable for April is a hat that is inspired by Dark Tower by Stephen King.

The Can Koozie is inspired by John Ajvide Lindqvist’s Let The Right One In.

APEX Magazine. This contains short stories by various authors and I think they all have some sort of creep factor.

Nocturnal Readers Box Bookmark.

The April pin is inspired by Brian Keene’s The Rising series.

The bookmark.

The pin.

This huge gold coin is inspired by Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. I have not read this book yet but the spoiler card said that it’s Mad Sweeney’s coin.

The art print for April was created by Eric Nyquist. It’s inspired by John W. Campbell’s Who Goes There? You can find more of his work on his Instagram @ericbnyquist.

The previously released novel for the month is Slade House by David Mitchell. This is basically a warped haunted house. Every nine years a brother and sister invite you to go inside their house and at first you don’t want to leave, but then when you do, you can’t. I also really love the naked book.

The new release for this month is Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman. This is about a woman who has a condition where she falls into a coma lasting weeks. It appears that she is dead but she always wakes up. The only people who know about it is Carol, her husband and her long lost love. Her husband decides that the next time carol falls into her sleeping coma, he is going to bury her alive and declare her dead so that he can get her fortune.

All the other unboxings I’ve seen, I have loved so much and when I decided to finally try it, I was underwhelmed. This is not Nocturnal Readers Box’s fault, it’s just my personal taste. The hat and koozie are things that I never use but I found other homes for them. I also thought that the art print would be a little creepier, although I still love this months print. I give this box a 5 out of 10. I am really looking forward to reading Unbury Carol though. Because this box is a little pricey I probably won’t get another one unless I can get a good discount code but you should definitely check out their website and see if it’s something you might like.

Keep reading…Lola

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Winter Book Haul

I don’t think I’ve done a book haul since Christmas and I’ve bought quite a few books since then. I have so many I’m not going to do a synopsis for them because you would be reading forever. These are the books that I’ve bought this winter.

Book Outlet:

The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson

The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson

Emoji Movie Novelization

Trolls Novelization

The Illustrated Fairy Tale Princess Collection

Killer Within by S.E. Green

Annie by Thomas Meehan

Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius

Tha Last Summer (Of You And Me) by Ann Brashares

The Breakdown by B.A. Paris

Book Depository:

The Friendship Mix-Up by Jimmy Gownley

Cujo by Stephen King

Four Past Midnight by Stephen King

Tales Of The Peculiar by Ransom Riggs (of course I needed the paperback!)

Thrift Books:

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Looking For Alaska by John Green

Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch (I got the ARC and wanted a finished copy but they ended up sending a physical ARC. I have ordered a finished copy though that’s on its way)

Someone Else’s Summer by Rachel Bateman

Wait Till Helen Comes

Pet Semetary by Stephen King

Amazon:

It by Stephen King

A Stranger In The House by Shari Lapena

Amazon Kindle:

Forbidden by R.R. Banks

His Property by R.R. Banks

Rebel by R.R. Banks

The Pact by S.E. Lines

Kindle books I got as a gift for my Birthday in March:

Once Upon A Dream: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell. Actually I got As Old Time, I made a mistake on what the first book was. OPPS!

I Never by Laura Hopper

A Lighthouse For The Lonely Heart by Scott William Carter

Crimson Death by Laurell K. Hamilton

Audible Audio Books:

It by Stephen King narrated by Steven Weber

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger narrated by Fred Bermen and Phoebe Strole

Those are all the books I got this winter. Some I have read already and others I can’t wait to get into.

Keep reading…Lola

Book Review: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert is a creepy, dark YA fairy tale.

Alice knows that fairy tales aren’t real, even though they have been a major part of her life growing up. Her grandmother is the author of a collection of brutal and dark fairy tales set in the fictional world of The Hinterland. She publishes the book and then shuts herself off from the world in her hidden estate.

Alice and her mother have been on the go for as long as she can remember. They rarely stay in one place for more than a few months, but when Alice’s grandmother dies, her mother thinks that they are now free to live their lives in one place. One day Alice finds that her mother has disappeared, taken by people who have a striking resemblance to the characters in her grandmother’s stories. Alice turns to Ellery Finch, a classmate and Hinterland superfan to help her find her mother and track down her grandmother’s long list estate.

I got this book in the March Fairyloot box and I’m so glad that I did. It was something that I wanted to read but wasn’t planning on picking it up too soon. I’m happy I picked the right month to try out Fairyloot. I loved this book.

I’ve always been a huge fan of fairy tales. Add a dark twist to that and I’m all about it. This novel had so much packed into it, dark fairy tales, mysterious elements, creepiness, everything I love.

The story was imaginative and whimsical. I loved that there were fairy tales throughout the story. I think the fairy tales were definitely my favorite part. I would love to see a book published with all the tales from Hinterland.

I enjoyed the characters alot. I thought they each brought something special to the story as a whole. I loved the fairy tale characters so much. They were dark and twisted and I was right in my element.

I really liked the friendship that grew between Ellery and Alice but I wish there was more of them. I also wasn’t really satisfied with the way things were for them at the end. The whole end of the novel just felt incomplete to me, which is why I am so excited that there is going to be a sequel. I can not wait for that!

I also really loved the world. The Hinterland was amazing. It reminded me of a darker Wonderland and I was definitely all about that.

I can’t really say too much about The Hazel Wood because I think it would spoil too much, but I highly recommend it so definitely check it out if you haven’t yet.

I gave The Hazel Wood 5 stars.

Keep reading…Lola

Book Review: The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger is an adult novel that follows Claire and Henry.

Claire meets Henry when she is six. He’s a time traveler and comes from the future. He is Claire’s husband.

The story follows Claire and Henry during all of their meetings when Claire is a child and teenager. It follows them as they get married and try to have a normal marriage, even though Henry time travels and sometimes leaves her unexpectedly. The story is told from both Henry and Claire’s perspectives.

I listened to the audiobook for The Time Traveler’s Wife and I absolutely loved it. The narrators are Fred Berman and Phoebe Strole and they were fantastic. There were so many funny parts that I actually laughed out loud at and I’m not sure they would have come across the same way if I had read it myself. They added so much more to my reading experience and I enjoyed it so much more than I would’ve I think.

As for the story itself, I loved it. I saw the movie when it came out and thought it was pretty good but I didn’t buy the book for a few years and then it just sat on my shelf until I finally picked it up, which I’m so glad I did. I liked the book so much more than the movie, which didn’t surprise me at all. I think I’m going to watch it again just to see if my opinion has changed since the first time I watched it. The story is just such a unique one. Who can say they met their soulmate at 6? Who can say they know who they are going to marry? Who can say they know some things about their future? This was unlike anything I have read before.

I really enjoyed the characters so much. Claire is sweet and has this sense of humor that isn’t always there but when it is she’s funny. Henry is smart and considerate and he just adds a little sweetness to everything. Gomez and Charisse are such great side characters and I loved them. They had flaws and their relationship had some issues and it just made them more real and I like that.

I love the romance. Henry and Claire shared so many sweet moments together. They made me laugh so much. Their love story is such a unique one and I loved every minute of it. They work so well together and just compliment each other in all the best ways. I love how Fred and Phoebe brought them to life in the audiobook. It was great.

I would 100% recommend this book and definitely try out the audiobook. It’s amazing. I gave The Time Traveler’s Wife 5 stars.

March Spearcraft Book Box: Passport To Africa

I’ve decided to cut back on Book boxes for a while to catch up on my TBR but I wanted to try out a couple that I’ve had my eye on before I went on a ban.

This is the Spearcraft book box. It’s $29.99 a month plus shipping and each month there is a theme. The March theme was Passport To Africa and the goodies that came in the box were Lion King themed so I had to try this box out. This is what was is the box…

Hakuna Matata pouch by Maddy. They have a selection of pouches on Amazon. I love the tribal print on this pouch.

Lion King night sky button pin from Spearcraft book box. So cute!

Hakuna Matata candle from DIO Candle Company. Scents are Lime, Eucalyptus and Wild Flowers. The label is exclusive to Spearcraft. This smells so good.

Simba Leaf Mane Pop Vinyl Figure by Funko. I love him and have been wanting to get him for a while so it was a great surprise to get this in the box.

The Passport To Africa spoiler card and an African quote art print from Spearcraft book box.

“In the moment of crisis, the wise build bridges and the foolish build dams” – Nigerian Proverb

I love this quote and the print is so pretty.

The March author spotlight and the March photo contest flyer. Veronica Roth, author of the Divergent series is Spearcrafts March author.

Close up of the author spotlight in case you want to read it.

Children Of Blood And Bone by Tomi Adeyemi.

Here’s the synopsis from Goodreads because there is no way I could properly say what this book is about!

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.

The monthly magnet that goes along with the book of the month. I love this quote. It makes me so excited to get to this book.

That’s what came in the March Spearcraft Book Box. I loved this box so much and wish that I had found it sooner. I love the April theme so I’m getting that one too! Watch out for the unboxing and then I’ll stop😁

Keep reading…Lola

April Book Subscription Boxes

These are the books that I got in my April book boxes. This is my last My Thrill Club box for a while. I finally cancelled it so that I can try to get my TBR down a bit. 😁

Book Of The Month:

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell. I read an ARC of I Found You last year and really enjoyed it so when I saw that Lisa Jewell came out with another book I needed to get it. This one follows a woman whose 15 year old daughter goes missing and 10 years later, after meeting a man in a cafe and getting close to him, she meets his kids and his youngest daughter has Laurel breathless because his daughter Poppy looks like her daughter Ellie.

Our Kind Of Cruelty by Araminta Hall. This is a twisted love story about a man who is obsessed with a woman who is getting married to another man.

My Thrill Club:

Werewolf Cop by Andrew Klavan. Zach is one of the best homicide detectives and is nicknamed Cowboy. He serves on a federal task force that has a mission to take down a European gangster. One night under a full moon, he is attacked by a beast that curses him forever.

The Forbidden by F.R. Tallis. This is about a Parisienne doctor in 1873 who attempts a glimpse of Heaven in a near-death experience while experimenting on himself. He brings himself back through electricity, but also brings back an evil presence with him.

Instead of getting a DVD this month I got a code to get an e-book from BookShout.

The Turn Of The Screw by Henry James. This is a novella about a governess who is caring for two children at a remote estate that she believes is haunted.

I can’t wait to dive into these in the near future.

Keep reading…Lola

April TBR

These are the books that I am looking forward to reading this month.

Beautiful Broken Girls by Kim Savage. This follows a boy who receives notes from a girl after her and her sister commit suicide and tells him of their reasons for doing so.

Wrecked by Maria Padian. This is about a girl who says she was raped at a party and the boy who says it was consensual.

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert. I have heard good things about this, but all I really know is that it’s about a girl whose brother has I believe a mental Illness and she falls in love with his girlfriend.

Emma In The Night by Wendy Walker. This is about 2 sisters who disappear and then three years later one of them comes back.

I can’t wait to read these!

Keep reading…Lola