October Owlcrate Unboxing


The Theme for the October Owlcrate was

Once Upon a Dream




So what was in the box?














The Goods:

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter with signed bookplate, temporary tattoo, and personalized letter

Fabric button bookmark by My Heart My Tribe

Notebook passport with Oz theme from The Unemployed Philosopher’s Guild

Bangle charm bracelet inspired by Sleeping Beauty by The Geeky Cauldron

A Peter Pan inspired beanie from Whosits & Whatsits





Review – This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) by Victoria Schwab

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1)

By Victoria Schwab

SummaryThere’s no such thing as safe.

Kate Harker wants to be as ruthless as her father. After five years and six boarding schools, she’s finally going home to prove that she can be.
August Flynn wants to be human. But he isn’t. He’s a monster, one that can steal souls with a song. He’s one of the three most powerful monsters in a city overrun with them. His own father’s secret weapon.
Their city is divided.
Their city is crumbling.
Kate and August are the only two who see both sides, the only two who could do something.
But how do you decide to be a hero or a villain when it’s hard to tell which is which?

Source: I received a hardcover in my Owlcrate box.


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I received This Savage Song in an Owlcrate box and I wanted it very badly. While I haven’t read any of Schwab’s YA novels, I really enjoyed Vicious and I knew she had the ability to wow me with a tale of monsters. I was right. I LOVED This Savage Song. It was unique, interesting, well executed, and awesome with characters I loved immediately. I really enjoyed August’s character and the way he fought internally over his humanity. I loved Kate and her desire to be fierce and unforgiving. 

In a fast paced adventure, August Flynn debated what it meant to be human, attempted to feed without falling, and Kate Harker struggled over where she fit in with her father keeping her away from Verity. She did everything she could to come home, only she knew she had a lot to prove to a person she wasn’t sure she trusted. I love that the story, while still fast paced and full of betrayal and close calls, took the time to talk about what it meant to be human, what being a good person was about, and I felt like I fully understood the weight of each choice the characters had to make. Vicious did a similar thing, so I feel like the author really cuts to the heart of good and evil in her books and I can’t wait to read more of her novels.

Schwab is an author to look out for. She’s extremely talented and I love the way she writes. The plot of This Savage Song was unique, but the idea of a hero losing his humanity and a heroine attempting to be fierce are not new to the YA sphere and the book could have easily turned into another forgettable YA adventure if placed in another author’s hands. Schwab balanced complexity with adventure and she did it well!

I cannot gush enough about This Savage Song. I was so afraid it would disappoint me because I had such high expectations after reading Vicious. Fortunately, it appears the author isn’t going anywhere and she’s putting out some pretty amazing work! I highly recommend the book if the synopsis intrigues you. I don’t know that it would appeal to those who stick to the contempories and other realistic fiction, but for lovers of fantasy or alternate worlds and strange creatures, it’s awesome. 

Star 5

Top Ten Tuesday – Halloween


Top Ten Tuesday

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Books To Read Near Halloween

1. IT by Stephen King. It will scare the pants off of you.

2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. A dark, but beautiful story that feels perfect for fall.

3. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Not scary, but dark in an awesome way. Like The Jungle Book with ghosts and a graveyard instead of animals in a jungle.

4. Anything by Edgar Allan Poe. No explanation needed.

5. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. It’s like an episode of early Supernatural. I loved it.

6. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill. A simple, but effective ghost story.

7. World War Z by Max Brooks. It’s absolutely terrifying in a way I often forget zombies can be.

8. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I love the book so much and it’s a great fall read.

9. In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters. It was an awesome book and it’s perfect for Halloween.

10. Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill. It’s definitely creepy!



Review – Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn


Another Little Piece

By Kate Karyus Quinn

SummaryOn a cool autumn night, Annaliese Rose Gordon stumbled out of the woods and into a high school party. She was screaming. Drenched in blood. Then she vanished.

A year later, Annaliese is found wandering down a road hundreds of miles away. She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know how she got there. She only knows one thing: She is not the real Annaliese Rose Gordon.

Now Annaliese is haunted by strange visions and broken memories. Memories of a reckless, desperate wish . . . a bloody razor . . . and the faces of other girls who disappeared. Piece by piece, Annaliese’s fractured memories come together to reveal a violent, endless cycle that she will never escape—unless she can unlock the twisted secrets of her past.

Source: I purchased a kindle copy.

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Another Little Piece has been on my Kindle for awhile and I finally decided to pick up when I was in the mood for something a bit creepy and interesting. I loved the fact that it was a standalone because finding standalone YA novels that aren’t contemporary is a difficult thing and I feel like I always appreciate those books a bit more.

The book had a great premise with some pretty interesting twists and turns, but it was a bit disorganized and the execution left a lot to be desired. It was a confusing book, but it didn’t have to be that way, so I felt a little frustrated and the fact that it was short and I seemed to be getting through it relatively quickly ended up being my main motivation for finishing. 

Despite how frustrating and slightly confusing the book was, I did enjoy the plot overall. I thought it was unique and a bit creepy and definitely creative. I think I’d still recommend the book, especially if you are prepared and you know it’s a bit awkward to wade through because I feel like the end result was almost worth it.

Annaliese had a complete loss of memory, but was it really Annaliese at all? Or something more sinister. Was she really a monster? And what would she do if she couldn’t control it? 

I think Another Little Piece would work well as a movie. 

Star 3

Feature and Follow Friday – Book Boyfriend


Feature and Follow Friday

hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read

This week’s prompt:

What are the most important qualities of a book boyfriend?

I don’t really have book boyfriends because I don’t think anyone is more perfect for me than my own husband (he really is the best), so I’m not living vicariously through any characters. However, there are qualities I like the heroes (or anti heroes) to have.

  • Not be a boy scout. I just can’t stand those always-for-the-greater-good, always-do-the-right-thing type of guys. Hence why I am not a fan of Superman and Captain America. 
  • Be smart. I don’t think lack of intelligence is attractive. It’s why when the hot dumb guy that all my coworkers drool over comes in, I frown. How can you even find him attractive? He’s dumber than rocks. No thanks. He looks like a troll to me.
  • Be manly. I like when a guy can work with his hands, figure out the mechanisms of anything, and take care of things. I don’t mind the rich guys in fiction, but not when they are delicate and hire people to do everything. I prefer someone who isn’t afraid to do some heavy lifting.
  • Have a personality. Maybe some people like the dreamy rich guy or the hunky boxer, but I need characters to be humans with personalities and not stereotypes. This is my biggest issue with romance novels. 



Review – Anansi Boys (American Gods #2) by Neil Gaiman


Anansi Boys (American Gods #2)

By Neil Gaiman

SummaryFat Charlie Nancy’s normal life ended the moment his father dropped dead on a Florida karaoke stage. Charlie didn’t know his dad was a god. And he never knew he had a brother. 

Now brother Spider’s on his doorstep — about to make Fat Charlie’s life more interesting… and a lot more dangerous.

Source: I purchased a Barnes and Noble copy of American Gods and Anansi Boys


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Anansi Boys was good, but I don’t think it should be included with American Gods in one bound book because the tone is completely different and not at all what I expected. American Gods was so brilliant and serious and dark… And Anansi Boys was like a quirky circus and I wasn’t really happy about it if I’m being honest. I did not enjoy the book as much as I’d hoped and I know it’s 100% due to coming down from reading American Gods and being blown away and assuming Anansi Boys would be similar. 

However, Anansi Boys was a great book. It dealt with a man named Charlie who had a quaint life and a dad who always embarrassed him. He received news of his father’s death and went to the funeral, which was the point where his life started to spiral out of control. His dad had always had a way with words. Despite not being fat for much of his life, once his dad nicknamed him Fat Charlie, it stuck and never went away. His dad was just like that. Turned out, Charlie had a brother who decided to pop into his life and seemed to exhibit the same tendencies. People believe what he said. His brother, Spider, took over Fat Charlie’s life, despite not looking anything like him. He just got people to believe what he wanted. 

Other reviewers have mentioned that the audiobook is narrated by a comedian and is quite entertaining, so that may be a better way to experience the book. At any rate, just don’t read it right after finishing American Gods because it’s not at all enjoyable to do that. It took me ages to get into the story because of that. If you read it separately and expect more quirkiness and humor, it’s a great read and I definitely recommend it. My three star rating is kind of unfair, but I just can’t give it four because I did not enjoy it as much as I would’ve had I read it at another time!

Star 3


Review – American Gods by Neil Gaiman


American Gods

By Neil Gaiman

SummaryDays before his release from prison, Shadow’s wife, Laura, dies in a mysterious car crash. Numbly, he makes his way back home. On the plane, he encounters the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America.

Together they embark on a profoundly strange journey across the heart of the USA, whilst all around them a storm of preternatural and epic proportions threatens to break.

Scary, gripping and deeply unsettling, American Gods takes a long, hard look into the soul of America. You’ll be surprised by what – and who – it finds there…

Source: I purchased a beautiful hardcover from Barnes and Noble

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I absolutely loved American Gods

The book seems to be one that people either love or hate. Gaiman’s work in general seems to be something people either love or hate and I’m definitely on the love side, as much as I dislike being part of any bandwagon.. Gaiman is extremely popular and there’s always some part of me that scoffs at that sometimes because I’m always looking to figure out why something is all the rage.

I thought the book was brilliant. It was intriguing, had a unique concept that was well executed, and appealed to my love of dark fantasy and the idea of gods running around with my love of understanding belief, and the concepts that drive human beings, mainly Americans. It was the perfect book for me and I highly recommend it. 

I honestly don’t understand why there are so many negative reviews of this book. I’ve read a couple other Gaiman titles and American Gods has been my favorite so far. I love the concept and I thought it was well executed. I loved seeing the story through Shadow, as he was a character I both empathized with and was curious about. There were a lot of characters in the book and it could have easily been confusing, but I was genuinely interested in each and every character, god, and backstory I got. It seemed as if Gaiman masterly wove a tale and juggled many aspects and characters quite flawlessly.

I do think it’s necessary to point out that American Gods is an adult novel with a few scenes that, while not necessarily graphic, allude to subject matter that’s probably not appropriate for kids. Gaiman’s books are quite popular in the YA crowd, which is the only reason I mention it. As an adult, I think his books are right up there with Stephen King in terms of creating a fantastic world with a great concept that sucks you in with the writing style and has occasional allusions to adult activities. I wouldn’t call Gaiman crude, but there do seem to be reviews that seemed to think most of the focus was about this weird scene and how Shadow’s wife found herself in the situation she was in, but I think it’s only noticeable if you never pick up an adult book. 

I highly recommend American Gods

Star 5