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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.

The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths Review

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Guys, I finally finished a book! I’m actually getting to do a review! I picked The Stranger Diaries for my monthly challenge. The Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge prompted me to read a book nominated for an award in 2020. The Stranger Diaries won the 2020 Edgar Award for best novel. It deserved it.

Clare Cassidy is no stranger to murder, but most of the time it is a work of fiction. She is a high school English teacher that specializes in gothic horror. Clare’s life collides with her favorite novel when her friend is murdered. When Clare turns to her diary to document her feelings, she discovers writing that isn’t hers. Suddenly, she finds herself living in a horror novel.

The Stranger Diaries is what I wanted The Broken Girls to be. For instance, it incorporated a haunted school, a horror novel, and a murder mystery. Each element brought great depth to the story.

Above all, I loved the inclusion of multiple points of view. It had Clare’s point of view, her daughter Georgie’s, and Detective Sergeant Harbinder’s point of view. Even with multiple points of view I couldn’t single in on one suspect. There wasn’t a character that I didn’t suspect.

I didn’t expect the ending. It wrapped up so well. The friendship that developed between Clare and Harbinder was great. The Stranger Diaries was a well developed mystery with a lot of depth. I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of it until now. It is definitely underrated!

My Rating: 5/5

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The Affliction of Praha by Simon Gillard Review

Murder mysteries and historical fiction have been my two favorite genres recently. The Affliction of Praha combines those into one quick read. Keep reading to see what I thought about it.

The citizens of 20th Century Prague adore the Teralov Family. Therefore, the murder of Peter Teralov shocked everyone. The family hired Detective Edgar Rollenvart to bring the killer to justice. Edgar teams up with Peter’s brother to learn more about the case. As suspects mount, the evidence dead ends, leaving the Teralov family with more questions than they had at the beginning.

The Affliction of Praha is fast paced. There was not a dull moment in the entire book. It didn’t take me long to finish. However, that did lead into my main problem with the book. The character development wasn’t great. I didn’t really connect with any of them. I couldn’t figure of the motive of the killer, because Peter was barely discussed. My reading preference leans toward character motivated stories, but if you like plot driven stories this might not be an issue for you.

Above all, I do hope the author continues to write. His writing reminded me of Agatha Christie’s. With a bit more polishing and development I think he will be a great mystery writer. Toward the end there are several plot twists that kept me on the edge of my seat. He put a lot of thought and creativity into them. It made for a strong ending.

My Rating: 3/5

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Thanks to the author for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review!