Hi friends! I did a giveaway way way back and have been meaning to share with you its contents, but I wanted to wait until my actual giveaway winner received her box first so it would be a surprise. She finally did, hooray! You can check out her unboxing post here! Here’s what was inside:
A Paperback Copy of A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab
Peony / Rose Candle | So you can literally smell Red London as you read
Charcoal Infused Bath Bomb | So you can pretend your tub is the Red Isle from book 3
Sea Salt Chocolate | So you can taste the ocean breeze along with our favorite pirate
2 Red Nail Polishes | So you can be cute as hell, okay?!
A Thank You Note | From yours truly. Because thank you.
Here’s a closer look at the two shades of magic red I picked out : Under Your Spell and I Red A Good Book. I couldn’t help it. They were the perfect colors to go with this box and also, perfectly punny.
Thank you everyone for participating! Hope to see you all at the next one. I had so so so much fun shopping and picking out items to fill this book-themed box. 🙂 What book should I giveaway next?!
As you all know, I started a giveaway for a copy of A Darker Shade of Magic along with a few other goodies a couple of weeks ago. Well, the giveaway has finally ended and the winner is… (drumroll please)
I actually featured her in my last featured follows post, but I swear this wasn’t rigged. I just pressed the little Rafflecopter button and it randomly selected a winner. Anyways, congrats Kristin! Please check your email and I’ll send you your package as soon as possible!
Thank you so much to everyone who participated! I’m hoping to have more of these in the future so stay tuned.
In other news, it’s been a crazy weekend for me, but I’ve got plenty of posts coming up in the next week. For those of you in the states, Happy Fourth of July!
Guess who’s doing another GIVEAWAY! 🙂 This girl. Anywho. You all know I love this series and all of you, so I am gifting a paperback copy of A Darker Shade of Magicto one lucky winner. This little giveaway box will include the book as well as a few other reading time goodies, which I will keep as a surprise for the winner!
I’m running this giveaway through rafflecopter! So just enter here or click the big old “click here to enter” banner below. Make sure the email you enter with is a valid one so I can contact you if you win!
The giveaway ends on June 30th. I’ll declare a winner and ship out your box that weekend! Hopefully you’ll get it in a week or so depending where you are. International entries are totally A-OK! Aaaaaand….that’s it! Hope you guys enjoy! If this goes well, I’m open to doing a lot more giveaways in the future. Anything to help spread the book love!
A wee bit late, but here’s my April wrap-up! Every month I say time has gone by too quickly, but April in particular just disappeared. Seriously, where’d it go? This has been an interesting month for me. Injuries and lots of life changes have kept me rather preoccupied so I haven’t been posting or reading very much lately. I only got through two books this month, but they’ve been waiting on the TBR shelf for a while. So feeling rather satisfied to check them off the list.
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
Read it?Dear Lord, yes.
I loved A Darker Shade of Magic to pieces. Really, really loved it. I was worried AGOS would let me down. The plot pacing was much slower in this one. So much time was spent on the Essen Tasch and various romantic side stories in this one, while the real dangers brewed and festered slowly in the background. Not to say there weren’t some epic moments along the way, but we don’t get much real excitement related to the central plotline until right at the very end when we’re left with an excruciating cliff-hanger. Nonetheless, I was still drowning in feels and I very much enjoyed this sequel. Schwab has a way of writing such brilliant, real, lovable characters that it really makes up for any of the other issues for me. I’ve already started reading A Conjuring of Light and am already sad because this series is coming to an end all too quickly. Please stoooooop.
The Night Circus by Erin Mergenstern
Read it? Sure, why not.
Whimsical, but unsubstantial. The Night Circus is full of vivid imagery, unique ideas and rather curious circumstances. But underneath all the flowery writing and mysterious characters, we just don’t get a lot. I expected a “duel” similar to the Prestige, if you’ve seen that movie. Intense, and obsessive, but it’s all very mild. There’s really hardly a sense of competition at all and the conflict seems kind of forced, the ultimatums full of loopholes. That combined with all the time skips, perspective shifts, and various sub-stories, The Night Circus can be difficult to follow and fully grasp sometimes. I’m somewhat tempted to re-read it and see if it changes anything. Overall, I thought it was an entertaining read. Discovering the world of the circus is definitely enchanting, but there’s nothing to invest in here really. You don’t get to intimately meet your protagonists or feel the tension of their struggle. Fun ideas, but it read one-dimensionally to me.