Across the Green Grass Fields Review

Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire
Series: Wayward Children #6
Publisher: Tordotcom
Published January 12th 2021
Genres: Fantasy, YA, Novella
Pages: 174
Format: Hardback
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A young girl discovers a portal to a land filled with centaurs and unicorns in Seanan McGuire’s Across the Green Grass Fields, a standalone tale in the Hugo and Nebula Award-wining Wayward Children series.

“Welcome to the Hooflands. We’re happy to have you, even if you being here means something’s coming.”

Regan loves, and is loved, though her school-friend situation has become complicated, of late.

When she suddenly finds herself thrust through a doorway that asks her to “Be Sure” before swallowing her whole, Regan must learn to live in a world filled with centaurs, kelpies, and other magical equines―a world that expects its human visitors to step up and be heroes.

But after embracing her time with the herd, Regan discovers that not all forms of heroism are equal, and not all quests are as they seem…

Welp… That was boring.

In this book we follow Regan, a 7-year-old that fills all the boxes in being a normal girl. She has two best friends until the day things changed and she had to choose sides. One of the friends is a bit different and plays with snakes and so, the other cast her aside. At 11 years old, Regan notices she isn’t like all other girls and starts worrying why. She talks to her parents who fortify all the fears she was having. She is intersex. No matter how supportive the parents are and how much they love her, different is different. And different is bad. That’s when she finds a door that takes her from one world to another. The Hooflands!

I loved the beginning of the story a lot, but for as much as I love unicorns, centaurs and all, this book wasn’t for me. I didn’t feel the pull the first book had. The last two books just didn’t make me immerse into the story.

I really enjoy to see all the family dynamics in each book, and this one was beautiful! I loved the parents and their relationship with Regan. I could feel how much they loved her as only McGuire seems to do. I loved Regan trying to figure out how to be a girl, a friend, and normal. It really showed the kids perspective well.

Plus I loved the intersex description. Not many book touch that topic and it was interesting to know more about it and to see how that made Regan feel.

But the Hooflands? Wasn’t really for me. I was never a kid interested in horses and altought I did like and do like unicorns, they were never a big thing for me. So maybe I’m just not the right audience for this book, but right now, I didn’t really enjoy this book as much as the other ones. The writing is great, the story is good, but it just didn’t touch my heart or entice me to read it. I took far too long to end this, while the others I read in one day, so that already comes to show how much it didn’t interest me…

I will for sure continue with the series, because as I said there’s a lot to love, I just hope it’s a theme that will catch my heart!

Have you read this yet? What do you think of it? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!

Owlcrate Unboxing August 2021

Hey guys! Here’s the unboxing for Owlcrate August’s box! Hope you enjoy! The theme of the month is Dark Academia and this time I have help unboxing it!

Owlcrate is an amazing YA bookish subscription box that I would highly recommend getting. Plus, if you live in Europe like me, it still arrives incredibly fast and somehow  (for me) it doesn’t get more expensive than any other box coming from Europe – although obviously, it changes from country to country…

If you want to check out what this box included, just keep reading! I will show photos of all the items, information on them and some of my thoughts!

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Owlcrate Unboxing June 2021

Hey guys! I’m late to the game but I will unbox Owlcrate June’s box anyway! Hope you enjoy! The theme of the month was Go Your Own Way!

Owlcrate is an amazing YA bookish subscription box that I would highly recommend getting. Plus, if you live in Europe like me, it still arrives incredibly fast and somehow  (for me) it doesn’t get more expensive than any other box coming from Europe – although obviously, it changes from country to country…

If you want to check out what this box included, just keep reading! I will show photos of all the items, information on them and some of my thoughts!

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FairyLoot August 2021 Unboxing

Welcome to one more unboxing from Fairyloot! 🙂 This time we’ll open August’s box!

FairyLoot is an amazing YA bookish subscription box that I’ve been getting for quite many years and would highly recommend getting.

Wanna check out what this box included? Just keep reading!

Lovestruck– August 2021

The book:

This month we got These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan.

This exclusive hardback edition comes with:

  • an exclusive cover
  • stencil and sprayed edges
  • foil embossing on the case
  • illustration on the back of the dust jacket by @sashac_art
  • signed by the author!

Synopsis:

From New York Times best-selling author Lexi Ryan, Cruel Prince meets A Court of Thorns and Roses in this sexy, action-packed fantasy about a girl who is caught between two treacherous faerie courts and their dangerously seductive princes.

Brie hates the Fae and refuses to have anything to do with them, even if that means starving on the street. But when her sister is sold to the sadistic king of the Unseelie court to pay a debt, she’ll do whatever it takes to get her back—including making a deal with the king himself to steal three magical relics from the Seelie court.

Gaining unfettered access to the Seelie court is easier said than done. Brie’s only choice is to pose as a potential bride for Prince Ronan, and she soon finds herself falling for him. Unwilling to let her heart distract her, she accepts help from a band of Unseelie misfits with their own secret agenda. As Brie spends time with their mysterious leader, Finn, she struggles to resist his seductive charm.

Caught between two dangerous courts, Brie must decide who to trust with her loyalty. And with her heart.

With the book, we got a beautiful illustration on the other side of the letter from the author designed by @sashac_art!

Here’s the foil embossing on the book! I love that they started adding this to each book!

Here’s the beautiful illustration on the back of the dust jacket also designed by @sashac_art.

The stencil and the sprayed edges are gorgeous! I love them together! Adds so much more to the book!

And finally the author’s signature!

The second book:

The second book is Afterlove by Tanya Byrne.

This exclusive paperback edition comes with:

  • an exclusive cover
  • sprayed edges
  • signed by the author!

Synopsis:

THE LESBIAN LOVE STORY YOU’VE BEEN DYING TO READ. 

Ash Persaud is about to become a reaper in the afterlife, but she is determined to see her first love Poppy Morgan again, the only thing that separates them is death. 

Car headlights.

The last thing Ash hears is the snap of breaking glass as the windscreen hits her and breaks into a million pieces like stars. 

But she made it, she’s still here. Or is she?

This New Year’s Eve, Ash is gets an RSVP from the afterlife she can’t decline: to join a clan of fierce girl reapers who take the souls of the city’s dead to await their fate. 

But Ash can’t forget her first love, Poppy, and she will do anything to see her again… even if it means they only get a few more days together. Dead or alive…

NOT EVEN DEATH CAN TEAR THEM APART.

Here’s the special cover, which I must say I love!

And here is the signature and beautiful sprayed edges!

Starting the items with an enamel pin inspired by Caraval by Stephanie Garber and designed by @felfiramoondesigns!

We got another literary tray, this time a smaller one and I love it! It was designed by @stellabookishart and it has a quote from Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas!

We also got a pin banner with a design by @blanca.design and inspired by These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong!

And lastly, we got a big pencil case featuring a quote from A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy!

This month we got Ace and Two of Pentacles! they are inspired by none other than the Caraval Series by Stephanie Garber! They are so freaking beautiful! they were designed by morgana0anagrom!


This box was on the smaller side but we got two beautiful books! My favorite item is probably the pencil case, because I always find use for those!


Next theme will be…

UPRISING

Whether you’re a hero risking everything to destroy an evil force, a warrior partaking in a battle of epic proportions or a guardian rising up against someone that is trying to harm your loved ones, fighting back for what you believe in and to save the ones you love is one of the tropes that we enjoy the most in a fantasy book.

In this box you can expect items inspired by Six Crimson Cranes, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, An Ember in the Ashes and The Prison Healer. We are thrilled to reveal that this box will once again have TWO books! The second book is a paperback with an EXCLUSIVE COVER and a DIGITAL SIGNATURE. We won’t be revealing the title of this book but we will give you this hint: it is a new September release, where two teenagers strike a deadly alliance to hunt down the ancient creature menacing their home!

Our featured book of the month follows a girl who will risk everything to bring down the system in a kingdom divided by corruption. The FairyLoot exclusive edition will have be an EXCLUSIVE HARDCOVER with SPRAYED EDGES, ARTWORK ON THE REVERSE OF THE DUST JACKET by @lizzart_zardonicz, FOIL EMBOSSING ON THE CASE, CUSTOM ENDPAPERS, RIBBON BOOKMARK and will be SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR.

Gorgeous theme art by official FairyLoot artist @taratjah and text by @blanca.design.


Spots for new subscriptions are currently CLOSED, but you can sign up to the waiting list here. The best way to get a subscription at the moment is to sign up to the waiting list – we invite people whenever more spots become available.

Make sure you check out their Instagram, they always post there the new themes!


I hope you guys enjoyed this unboxing!

What’s your favorite item from this box? Is this book on your TBR? Make sure you comment below!

While We Were Dating Review

While We Were Dating by Jasmine Guillory
Series: The Wedding Date #6
Publisher: Berkley Books
Published July 13th 2021
Genres: Contemporary, Adult Fiction, Romance
Pages: 192
Format: Paperback
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

Two people realize that it’s no longer an act when they veer off-script in this sizzling romantic comedy by New York Timesbestselling author Jasmine Guillory.

Ben Stephens has never bothered with serious relationships. He has plenty of casual dates to keep him busy, family drama he’s trying to ignore and his advertising job to focus on. When Ben lands a huge ad campaign featuring movie star Anna Gardiner, however, it’s hard to keep it purely professional. Anna is not just gorgeous and sexy, she’s also down to earth and considerate, and he can’t help flirting a little…

Anna Gardiner is on a mission: to make herself a household name, and this ad campaign will be a great distraction while she waits to hear if she’s booked her next movie. However, she didn’t expect Ben Stephens to be her biggest distraction. She knows mixing business with pleasure never works out, but why not indulge in a harmless flirtation?

But their lighthearted banter takes a turn for the serious when Ben helps Anna in a family emergency, and they reveal truths about themselves to each other, truths they’ve barely shared with those closest to them.

When the opportunity comes to turn their real-life fling into something more for the Hollywood spotlight, will Ben be content to play the background role in Anna’s life and leave when the cameras stop rolling? Or could he be the leading man she needs to craft their own Hollywood ending?

This was far from what I expected? No idea what I was thinking it was going to be, but it wasn’t this…

Anna Gardiner is a beautiful and successful Hollywood star on the verge of becoming the next big thing. She started working on an ad campaign with Ben, who is in the advertising universe and climbing! This is a huge opportunity for both, so of course neither wants to make it go downhill. But what’s the problem with just flirting a little, right? I mean, Ben is gorgeous, funny and a good listener and Anna, although a star, is very down-to-earth and gorgeous, so why not? Well, Hollywood life isn’t that easy!

When Ben helps Anna with a family emergency, he learns more about her and all the anxiety issues she is dealing with and sees her as she really is, and not how magazines portray her. She ends up trusting him with more than she imagined, especially when both agree to start with a pretending relationship to help them both with the ad campaign, but is it all really fake or are there all kinds of emotions behind it?

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Pizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier

Pizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier
Series: 
Publisher: HQ
First published June 9th 2020
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, LGBT
Pages: 192
Format: Paperback
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

In the tradition of audacious and wryly funny novels like The Idiot and Convenience Store Woman comes the wildly original coming-of-age story of a pregnant pizza delivery girl who becomes obsessed with one of her customers.

Eighteen years old, pregnant, and working as a pizza delivery girl in suburban Los Angeles, our charmingly dysfunctional heroine is deeply lost and in complete denial about it all. She’s grieving the death of her father (who she has more in common with than she’d like to admit), avoiding her supportive mom and loving boyfriend, and flagrantly ignoring her future.

Her world is further upended when she becomes obsessed with Jenny, a stay-at-home mother new to the neighborhood, who comes to depend on weekly deliveries of pickled covered pizzas for her son’s happiness. As one woman looks toward motherhood and the other towards middle age, the relationship between the two begins to blur in strange, complicated, and ultimately heartbreaking ways.

Bold, tender, propulsive, and unexpected in countless ways, Jean Kyoung Frazier’s Pizza Girl is a moving and funny portrait of a flawed, unforgettable young woman as she tries to find her place in the world.

This was SO much more than I was initially thinking it was going to be. I knew it was going to be something I was going to enjoy but wasn’t expecting it to affect me this deep.

This book, as the title suggests, follows Pizza Girl, aka a pregnant 18 year-old girl that delivers pizzas. This story follows her while she tries to deal with too much and failing. Her alcoholic father passed away; her mother and amazing boyfriend altough very supportive are starting to be too much for her; she is pregnant; it’s all just too much, while also dealing with trying to find who she is, and what she wants. She meets Jenny, a mother to an 8yo called Adam, who orders a pizza with pickles on it, even tho it’s not on the menu. She slowly becomes obsessed with Jenny and it spirals into something complicated and dangerous.

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Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli Review

Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli
Series: 
Publisher: Penguin
First published April 20th 2021
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 387
Format: Paperback
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From bestselling YA rom-com queen Becky Albertalli, author ofSimon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Love, Simon), comes a new novel about daring to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight in love, life and, yes, theatre.

Contrary to popular belief, best friends Kate Garfield and Anderson Walker are not codependent. Carpooling to and from theatre rehearsals? Environmentally sound and efficient. Consulting each other on every single life decision? Basic good judgment. Pining for the same guys from afar? Shared crushes are more fun anyway.
But when Kate and Andy’s latest long-distance crush shows up at their school, everything goes off-script. Matt Olsson is talented and sweet, and Kate likes him. She really likes him. The only problem? So does Anderson. 
Turns out, communal crushes aren’t so fun when real feelings are involved. This one might even bring the curtains down on Kate and Anderson’s friendship. 

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I loved the premise of this book. Two best friends crushing on the same person? Normal… But one being gay and one straight? Amazing and lovely chaos! They thought their friendship was full prove, but is it, when their summer communal crush stars going to the same school as them?

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One by Sarah Crossan Review

One by Sarah Crossan
Series:
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s 
First published September 15th 2015
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Poetry, Fiction
Pages: 434
Format: Paperback
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Here we are. And we are living. Isn’t that amazing? How we manage to be at all.

Grace and Tippi don’t like being stared and sneered at, but they’re used to it. They’re conjoined twins – united in blood and bone.

What they want is to be looked at in turn, like the truly are two people. They want real friends. And what about love?

But a heart-wrenching decision lies ahead for Tippi and Grace. One that could change their lives more than they ever asked for… 

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I’ve been meaning to read this for years! And I finally got to it. And I’m super glad I did, because this is an incredibly different and beautiful book about conjoined twins!

This is a story written in verse, narrated by a 16 years old girl named Grace, who’s conjoined to her twin sister, Tippi. We get to see them starting public school for the first time after years of homeschooling, making new friends, trying to make the best of life they can even with all the bad looks and awful words. It’s a story of acceptance, love, friendship and family love.

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Heartstopper Vol1-4 by Alice Oseman – Mini Review

Heartstopper Vol1-4 by Alice Oseman
Series: Heartstopper
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
Last one Published May 13th 2021
Genres: YA, LGBTQ+, Romance, Graphic Novel
Pages: 353
Format: Audiobook
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…?

Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore. Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him.

They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner… 

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Heartstopper is a Young Adult LGBTQ+ graphic novel series about Charlie and Nick, two boys that go to a British all-boys grammar school. They meet in Form Class and become close friends after that. Charlie is already out as gay, even tho not by choice and with a lot of bullying. He has had a tough time and a friend like Nick might just be what he needs. This is a coming of age story about two friends that might become much more!

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The Soulmate Equation Review

The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren 
Series:
Publisher: Gallery Books
Published May 18th 2021
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 368
Format: Audiobook
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

Single mom Jess Davis is a data and statistics wizard, but no amount of number crunching can convince her to step back into the dating world. Raised by her grandparents–who now help raise her seven-year-old daughter, Juno–Jess has been left behind too often to feel comfortable letting anyone in. After all, her father’s never been around, her hard-partying mother disappeared when she was six, and her ex decided he wasn’t “father material” before Juno was even born. Jess holds her loved ones close, but working constantly to stay afloat is hard…and lonely.

But then Jess hears about GeneticAlly, a buzzy new DNA-based matchmaking company that’s predicted to change dating forever. Finding a soulmate through DNA? The reliability of numbers: This Jess understands. At least she thought she did, until her test shows an unheard-of 98% compatibility with another subject in the database: GeneticAlly’s founder, Dr. River Pena. This is one number she can’t wrap her head around, because she already knows Dr. Pena. The stuck-up, stubborn man is without a doubt not her soulmate. But GeneticAlly has a proposition: Get to know him and we’ll pay you. Jess–who is barely making ends meet–is in no position to turn it down, despite her skepticism about the project and her dislike for River. As the pair are dragged from one event to the next as the “Diamond” pairing that could make GeneticAlly a mint in stock prices, Jess begins to realize that there might be more to the scientist–and the science behind a soulmate–than she thought.

Funny, warm, and full of heart, The Soulmate Equation proves that the delicate balance between fate and choice can never be calculated.

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I love the premise of this book. It’s so freaking interesting! I instantly wanted to see what would happen from the very first pages.

This tells the story of a single mom named Jess. She kind of quit dating, especially after the father of her child left her with baby Juno – she didn’t seem to be able to do it anymore. With no hope and on a whim she decided to give a chance for a new dating app named GeneticAlly that is dna-based. Being a statistician, she had to do it. There’s something about it being matched by genes that prompt her to try it. After receiving a Diamond Match of 98 percent to the arrogant Dr. River Pena, who founded GeneticAlly, Jess is left dumbstruck. How could he ever be a match for her? She decides to put it behind her, but after they make an offer she can’t refuse, she decides to try it out and see where it goes.

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