The Bookish Box: June Unboxing

I know I usually post on Wednesday, but my father had surgery yesterday. Since it took longer than expected I just decided to post today. The good news is everything went great! So today I’m celebrating with a June unboxing. It is The Bookish Box June box. I know it’s August. The company contacted us an let us know that there was a glitch in their system and the July boxes were delayed. They kept us super informed during the delay. I ordered adult box, but I ended up with the young adult box. I was a little bummed at first, until I saw that it was A Court of Thorns and Roses themed. So even through the mistakes, I loved the box that I received.

The Goodies

Alchemy and Ink designed this beautiful bookmark. It is inspired by Elain and Lucien.

These tarot cards were designed by Dark and Beautiful Art. They are gorgeous depictions of Lucien, Tamlin, and Rhysand.

This candle is AMAZING. It smells so good. It was made by The Bookish Shop.

Dust and Pages designed this gorgeous enamel pin. It features the Cauldron of the Blessed.

This pendant is my favorite item in the whole box. It is so delicate and perfect.

I love this picture of Rhysand and Feyre. I really want to frame it. It was designed by Diana Dworak.

The picture does not capture the beauty of this mug. It is so iridescent. I can’t wait to use it.

I love this Prythian tapestery designed by In the Reads.

The Book

The exclusive Bookish Box dust jacket designed by @katja.perez

Synopsis:

One cold, crisp night, Jack Sommers was faced with a choice—live forever according to the ancient, magical rules of Gaia, or die.

Jack chose to live, and in exchange, he became a Winter—an immortal physical embodiment of the season on Earth. Every year, he must hunt the Season who comes before him. Summer kills Spring. Autumn kills Summer. Winter kills Autumn. And Spring kills Winter.

Jack and Fleur, a Winter and a Spring, fall for each other against all odds. To be together, they’ll have to escape the cycle that’s been forcing them apart. But their creator won’t let them go without a fight

This book sounds so interesting. I am really excited to read it. I want to love fantasy again.

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I hope you enjoyed this late June unboxing. As always, I love the quality that The Bookish Box offers.

Check out my July Unboxing.

Fall of Giants by Ken Follett Review

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I finished Fall if Giants….finally. It is a beast of a book, but it is worth the read. It took me the entire month of July to read it. I have read books of this length in a shorter amount of time, but it is so detailed. You have to pay attention.

Fall of Giants follows five families through WWI, the Russian Revolution, and women’s right to vote. Five families from different countries are connected in unlikely ways. The Williams’ are a family of coal miners that works in the Fitzherberts’ family coal mines. Maud Fitzherbert falls in love with a German spy named Walter. Gus Dewar, an ambitious young aid to president Wilson, becomes entangles in their secret affair. Two orphaned Russian brothers dream of the freedom that America offers. Nobody’s life will remain the same.

My Thoughts

My first thought on Fall of Giants is wow. That’s it. Wow. But I know I would be a horrible book reviewer if I left it at that. Let me get my thoughts together. The character development is probably that best I have ever experienced. Each character is so diverse. They all have lengthy back stories and characteristics. You couldn’t convince me that these aren’t real people.

My next thought is the range of emotion that each character felt is amazing. Just like real life, each character had high moments and low moments. Follett captured the nuances of everyday life flawlessly.

Sitting at a page count of 985, Fall of Giants is dense. For the most part it kept my attention the entire time. Toward the middle I hit a couple of spots that lost my attention. That quickly shifted as major events developed.

Lastly, some of my favorite scenes happened toward the end. We see the end of WWI and the events slowly shift to the prohibition era. I loved how Follett used that change to transition into the next book. If it continues in the direction Follett pointed then I believe I might like Winter of the World even more.

My Rating: 5/5

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Pestilence by Pamela Taylor Blog Tour Review

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Today I am participating in my first blog tour. I will be reviewing Pestilence by Pamela Taylor. I’m excited to be participating in the blog tour, but when I received my copy of the book there was a note included. Pamela said that she recognized my address and decided to write. Weirdly enough, her father was a pharmacist at a pharmacy that my family frequented. I really enjoyed being able to connect with her. It brought back great memories for me. Now on to the book.

Set at the dawn of the Renaissance, Alfred the second son must seek a destiny foreseen by his grandfather. Alfred’s brother has taken the throne, and it’s worse than anyone imagined. The kingdom is shattered and Alfred must decide how to help the kingdom built by his family.

Pestilence was a great read. The contrast between Alfred and his brother was striking. I’ve always enjoyed that element. As an only child, it’s interesting to see how siblings can be so different. Alfred’s loyalty was to the kingdom, while the king’s loyalty was to himself. The story follows Alfred on his journey to help protect the kingdom. It was a high stakes mission because he bordered on the line of treason.

I loved when Alfred decided to keep record of the actions of the king. As a history lover, I think documentation is so important. It gave a clearer picture as to what was happening in the kingdom.

I think it is important to read the first two novels to get a clearer picture of the kingdom. Let’s see how the story develops in the next installment.

My Rating: 4/5

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