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Bookish Boxes #3 — Fairyloot Unboxing

Hii readers! The time has come once again for my third (and final) Fairyloot unboxing! The theme for January was Mystery & Mischief, for readers and fans of Alice in Wonderland, The Night Circus, and Sherlock, including lots of goodies and a stunning U.K. edition of a book that has already managed to sneak into my heart.

Come one, come all to my Fairyloot January unboxing, I hope you have a grand time seeing the gorgeous items and my honest thoughts on the magic contained within each and every box. As you perhaps may have known, I was an official for Fairyloot for January as well as November + December. You can click on my unboxings about those to check them out.

Now, onto what you’ve all arrived to see: the box.

Items featured in the January Fairyloot box:

  • Funko Mystery Mini — Harry Potter or Game of Thrones (I got Ron Weasley!)
  • Exclusive Night Circus quote pillow — Risa Rodil
  • Come Back Yesterday candle — Meraki Candles
  • How to Think like Sherlock book — Daniel Smith
  • Exclusive rose necklace — Oh Panda Eyes
  • Exclusive Alice in Wonderland bookmark — Read At Midnight
  • Caraval (U.K. edition) — Stephanie Garber
  • Alchemists of Loom bookmark
  • Passenger / Wayfarer mini journal
  • Jackaby free chapter download card

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Book Review ➵ Caraval

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Author: Stephanie Garber

Release Date: January 31, 2017

Pages: 416

Goodreads Review

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis: Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . .

Welcome, welcome to Caraval—Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.


Hii readers! Come one, come all! I’m here for a fabulous ARC review for Miss Stephanie Garber’s Caraval! I received Caraval from Flatiron Books in exchange for an honest review. This book is loaded with magic, mystery, + suspense, and I’m so glad you could join me.

I’ve managed to read Caraval twice to prepare for this long awaiting review, I spent nearly a month writing this review, and it’s finally, finally here! This book is highly anticipated all across the bookish community and I’m so glad I received an early copy ❤

Caraval is a mystical story about the strong sisterly bond between Scarlett and Tella as Scarlett whisks away her fears on the island of dreams (no, really, that’s the island name) to rescue her sister from the dangers of a treacherous game that could carry you away to insanity if you’re not careful. . .

Sounds fascinating, right?? It’s a good thing I’m horrible at predicting books, because in the case of Caraval that wasn’t possible with the amount of twists and turns that I encountered during both of my three-hour Caraval binges yes, it’s THAT good.

Caraval is for fans of Alice in Wonderland, Sherlock, & The Night Circus. If anything sounds appealing to you, then you might be qualified to devote your life to reading Caraval! And if you don’t like those things, you should still totally read Caraval anyway.

Okay, unfortunately that’s all I can say in terms of spoiler free review because I have tons of emotional baggage to unload upon my fellow Caraval readers! BE PREPARED.

Remember, it’s just a game.

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2017 Bookish Challenge + Resolutions

Hiii readers! I have a rather brief intro here. It’s not far off until the 24 hour countdown to 2017, so I’d like to do a little reflection on my reading in 2016 + insight into my reading habits for the next year. I have lots of plans in terms of my 2017 reading, and I can’t wait to share it with you guys, and maybe even inspire you!

First off, this is my fourth post in the past week, am I not kicking blogging’s ass this winter break? This is exactly what I needed.

So, 2016, it’s been quite a year. *Insert frustrated muffling in the background* But in terms of reading, I did. . .Yeah, it wasn’t that great.

I’ve seen only posts across Twitter and Instagram about my reader + blogger friends completing their Goodreads goal. And me, while I’m super happy for them, look at myself: I dropped my goal by 25 books in the late summer and read only 3/4 of my newest goal, so I gotta admit I was a bit disappointed.

That being said, I really did try. With the study load of US AP History, I was kinda forced to abandon hopes of reading an extensive amount of books. However, one of my goals for 2017 is to manage my time better so I can squeeze reading in more. But. . .With my History exam in the spring, I’ll be studying most nights the next few months. *sigh*

Okay! Depressing reading update aside, I want to share what you’re here for: my bookish goals + resolutions for 2017! I have lots of hopes for 2017, since I’ll work on reading time management, lower my Goodreads goal, + read much more diverse books. But here’s the complete list (There’s two.)

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Bookish Boxes #2 — Fairyloot Unboxing

Hii readers! The time has come once again to reveal the beautiful goodies buried within my second Fairyloot box!

In case you didn’t see my very first Fairyloot unboxing for the November ‘Royals & Rogues’ box, you can click here if you’re interested in seeing my thoughts on it before diving into this month.

If you hadn’t heard of Fairyloot, it is a subscription bookish box company dedicated to revealing new releases in the YA community along with a matching theme + several goodies. Even better, Fairyloot isn’t the only subscription box to collaborate with other bookish companies to deliver only the best to their fans!

The theme for December was “Sci-Fi Adventure” and I was pumped since science-fiction is practically my favorite book genre! I’ve been anticipating all month for this box! If you couldn’t guess, the December box is perfect for fans of Red Rising & the Lunar Chronicles. Even though I haven’t red Red Rising, I saw Lunar Chronicles and was instantly excited to tear open this box ASAP!

Items Included in the December Sci-Fi Adventure Box:

  • Star Wars Funko: Princess Leia by Funko
  • Kryptonite bath powder by Geeky Clean
  • Galaxy Socks – made exclusively for Fairyloot
  • The Starbound Trilogy bookmark by Lexy Olivia
  • Lunar Chronicles boys print + Red Rising buttons by Taratjah
  • Way Down Dark sampler by James P. Smythe
  • Red Rising + The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet art prints
  • Flashfall copy, signed plate, + letter by Jenny Moyer
  • An adorable Christmas card from the two founders ❤
  • And lots of confetti

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s dive right in!

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Book Review ➵ The Sun is Also a Star

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Title: The Sun is Also a Star

Author: Nicola Yoon

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Release Date: November 1, 2016

Pages: 344

Goodreads Review

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis: Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?


Hiii readers! Okay, I won’t even bother to waste time with any sort of intro so, HELLO, HUMAN. Now since that’s out of the way, trust me when I tell you that I have lots to say so let me get right into this review before I procrastinate any longer which is inhumanly possible, since this review was due before November 1st and today is December 26 as I type this. . .Okay, I’ll review it now.

Grab your popcorn, sit back, and snicker at my hysterical tears between the funny gifs and me finishing this book in 4 hours with just a break to use the bathroom and get a drink.

First off I want to thank the INCREDIBLE PEOPLE FROM Penguin Random House for the Advanced’s Reader Copy in August. Yes, August. If it wasn’t for you guys, I wouldn’t have the courage to ask for ARCs. This book was everything I could have ever wanted from a YA novel.

The Sun is Also a Star (I will refer to it as TSIAAS from now on) was a rollercoaster of emotions for me. You could say any regular book is a rollercoaster of emotions, but when you read one book in a single sitting, I must say it really builds up + releases the feels as you experience them all in just a couple of short hours. And we’ve gathered here to explain how exactly, the events in this book gave way to me crying at midnight about the universe and fate and Daniel and Natasha and omg I need to write this review immediately. *COUGH*

It was quite a task organizing this review in a kindly manner, so I didn’t do it. Instead, you’ll be receiving glimpses of my thoughts in the best way possible: in subheadings.

SO LET’S BEGIN.

DISCLAIMER: It is late, I’m exhausted, and I might be spouting nonsense, but trust me, I do really feel this way about The Sun is Also a Star. Happy reading.

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Happy Bookish Haulidays

Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays to my glorious readers! I’m currently listening to In the Heights FETUS LIN-MANUEL, AM I RIGHT? and I’m so filled with festive cheer that I need to publish something bookish and holiday-y right now or I’ll probably faint.

Despite the beautiful light displays, endless red and green Bullet Journal pages, + photos on my Insta feed, I still needed to release my holiday aggression someplace else. My blog seemed like the ideal place. Okay, I’ve known for a while that I wanted to do a Christmas-themed bookish blog post, but I wasn’t sure what the content would be, exactly. So after some patient, thoughtful pondering as in, today, Christmas Eve  I decided to make some lists: Top 10 Books I Would Give as Gifts (AKA a Book Blogger’s Personal Gift Guide to Readers and Non-Readers Alike) and my favorite holiday reads to get you into the spirit of the season.

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Bookish Boxes #1 — Fairyloot Unboxing

Hiiii readers! I decided today I’d share with you my FIRST bookish subscription box ever from the incredible people at Fairyloot! Featuring bookish companies you know and love such as BookwormBoutique and NerdyPost, there’s a whole myriad of epic gear stuffed inside my slightly damaged but nonetheless beautiful box!

For those of you who might not be aware, I am an honorary rep of @Fairyloot on (for the most part) Instagram, where I receive 3 months worth of boxes and rave about them on social media to get everyone hyped on their awesome new stuff  ❤

The box I received first was the November 2016 ‘Royals and Rogues’ theme for readers of Throne of Glass, The Wrath & the Dawn, + Red Queen. So being a fan of all three, I was ecstatic to hear it would be my very first box! Below are the contents of this box + I wrnt ahead and linked some of the artists featured just in case any of you are curious to learn more about their beautiful products 🙂

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Fall 2016 Reading Update

Hey readers! I just wanted to give you a brief thank you thank you for 200 lovely followers! How did I end up with so many amazingly patient people? Yes, I know, it’s been nearly a month since I posted. I’m sorry! AP US History and Honors English have me so busy these days that I can barely photograph books for Instagram + read those said books. But I’m back, so don’t worry!

Initially, I was only going to discuss the basics here: my current reads, fall releases, & my bookstagram slump (more on that later) but when I asked on a Twitter poll if you lovely wanted to see me talk about my personal life on my fall 2016 reading update, I was overwhelmed with positive comments, so I thought let’s give it a go! Continue reading

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ARC Review ➵ The Midnight Star

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Title: The Midnight Star

Author: Marie Lu

Publisher: G.P. Putnam Son’s Books for Young Readers

Release Date: October 11, 2016

Pages: 316

Goodreads Review

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis: The thrilling finale to the New York Times bestselling Young Elites series from “hit factory” Marie Lu.

There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all that she’s achieved.

Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds when a new danger appears, putting not only Adelina at risk, but every Elite and the very world they live in. In order to save herself and preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

Bestselling author Marie Lu concludes Adelina’s story with this haunting and hypnotizing final installment to the Young Elites series.


Jill, where the hell have you been? Is what you readers are probably asking. I post a review for Gemina around Labor Day and vanish into thin air until nearly Halloween. I GET IT, okay? OKAY. But it’s alright now, because I’m back and I’m better than ever. I’m thinking a fall update should be in order soon, because clearly y’all have no clue if I’m alive. . .that is unless you follow me on instagram and or twitter. ANYWAY we’re not here to criticize my lack of posting, but a review for the epic ending to the Young Elites trilogy by Miss Marie Lu.

It’s a good thing I drank a whole cup of coffee because trust me I WILL NEED IT. So, strap in because I’ve lots to say before we’re done here.

Although my first intention was to post this review before the published date (Oct. 11) I fell easily behind, so that didn’t work out so well. Fortunately, I shall first post a little spoiler-free section, for the selective few who have not read/finished The Midnight Star just yet. If you haven’t picked it up yet, what are you waiting for???


SPOILER-FREE SECTION: MAY CONTAINS SPOILERS FROM BOOKS PRIOR, SO BEWARE

Look, I’ve always been the eloquent reviewer type I just used the word eloquent I mean look at how fancy I am but The Midnight Star has brought all kinds of new into my life, so to firstly sum up my thoughts goes as following: dslfgdlllllllllllggmvkvdmf’mamfdopu. Yes, I did slam my keyboard. Yes, that was pretty much my brain on Marie Lu.

Look, I cannot lie and say this whole book was some big epic journey with lots of life lessons to learn and overcoming adversity blah blah blah I’ll be discussing my issues later on but it was pretty epic overall. Character-wise, I was so glad to read about my favorite people once again and Adelina plus setting-wise, I really missed this medieval-Italian- European-stuff universe more than I thought I did.

But I don’t want to hold you hostage on this review for too long, so here are some things done well: a real, complicated relationship between Adelina + Violetta, the subtle romance between Magiano + Adelina, the complication of Teren, & the shock ending that left me in tears. Things not so done well: rushed ending, rushed deaths, rushed story line.

Basically, my biggest issue with the fact the whole thing just felt. . .rushed. Like, the story didn’t develop as much as it bloomed in a minute and died. Way to put a damper on things so soon in the review, Jill.

Again, I will be more specific in my spoiler section below, but that’s all I’m going to say beside that TMS was a fantastic finale otherwise + I will miss this universe dearly. ♡

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