20 January 2020

Book Box Club Unboxing Jan 2020

Book Box Club Unboxing Jan 2020

After meeting the lovelies ladies at YALC last summer I kept meaning to sign up to @bookbloxclub. I'm embarrassed that it took me so long to give it a try. I received my first box the other day, which is the Jan 2020 'Deadly Secrets' box.

You can watch my first attempt at an unboxing video at the bottom of this post. Please ignore the poor quality, wrong angle and my general awkwardness and non-photogenic face. I will try to get better at these!

I went for the full subscription for six months. You can select monthly, or 3 monthly, as well as signing up for the pure books version, which comes without the swag and goodies.

The box itself:
It comes in a very cute and neat turquoise box, with paper filling to protect the books and goodies, plus very attractive gift wrap around the book (or in this case books).

Books - The Good Hawk by Joseph Elliot and The Pure Heart by Trudi Tweedie.

A special clubhouse invite with personalised access code to chat to the authors.

Voldemort magnetic bookmark by Magic Bookmarks. This is a very sweet cartoon Voldemort.

A Deadly bath skull from Pretty Suds. It smells absolutely delightful!

A Mia Corvere candle by Amelia's Kitcheners hen Candles. I love the shimmer to the dandle and it too smells Devine!

Dracula's Castle Such from Iron & Ink. I haven't fully decided whether ton sue it as a makeup bag or pencil case just yet. I love the design, it could even be Hogwarts it's lovely. Finally The Unforgetting Bookmark from Orion Books. More swag baby!!

The theme is fab and I love how well matched all the items are. I'll be reading the two books over the next couple of weeks, so watch out for my reviews shortly!

My Unboxing video:

Check out my YouTube Channel!


15 January 2020

Whatcha Reading Wednesday - Martin McLean, Middle School Queen

Martin McLean, Middle School Queen
by Alyssa Zaczek

What they say: In this bighearted middle-grade debut, Martin McLean struggles to find his voice—and his inner diva—as he navigates friendship, family, first crushes, and a whole lot of glitter. 

Seventh-grader Martin McLean has always been surrounded by people who can express themselves. His mother is an artist, his colorful Tío Billy works in theater, and his best friends Carmen and Pickle are outgoing and don’t care what other people think. But Martin can only find the right words when he’s answering a problem at a Mathletes competition—until his tío introduces him to the world of drag. In a swirl of sequins and stilettos, Martin creates his fabulous drag queen alter ego, Lottie León. 

As Lottie, he is braver than he’s ever been; but as Martin, he doesn’t have the guts to tell anyone outside of his family about her. Not Carmen and Pickle, not his Mathletes teammates, and definitely not Chris, an eighth-grader who gives Martin butterflies. When Martin discovers that his first-ever drag show is the same night as the most important Mathletes tournament, he realizes that he can only pull off both appearances by revealing his true self to his friends—and channeling his inner drag superstar.


13 January 2020

New Release - Infinity Son

Infinity Son - Infinity Cycle #1
by Adam Silvera

What they say: Growing up in New York, brothers Emil and Brighton always idolized the Spell Walkers—a vigilante group sworn to rid the world of specters. While the Spell Walkers and other celestials are born with powers, specters take them, violently stealing the essence of endangered magical creatures.

Brighton wishes he had a power so he could join the fray. Emil just wants the fighting to stop. The cycle of violence has taken a toll, making it harder for anyone with a power to live peacefully and openly. In this climate of fear, a gang of specters has been growing bolder by the day.

Then, in a brawl after a protest, Emil manifests a power of his own—one that puts him right at the heart of the conflict and sets him up to be the heroic Spell Walker Brighton always wanted to be.

Brotherhood, love, and loyalty will be put to the test, and no one will escape the fight unscathed.

Balancing epic and intensely personal stakes, bestselling author Adam Silvera’s Infinity Son is a gritty, fast-paced adventure about two brothers caught up in a magical war generations in the making. 


12 January 2020

Coming Soon - Tweet Cute

Tweet Cute 
by Emma Lord

What they say: A fresh, irresistible rom-com from debut author Emma Lord about the chances we take, the paths life can lead us on, and how love can be found in the opposite place you expected.

Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming ― mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account.

Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time.

All’s fair in love and cheese ― that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life ― on an anonymous chat app Jack built.

As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate ― people on the internet are shipping them?? ― their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected. 


11 January 2020

Am Reading - A Heart So Fierce and Broken

A Heart So Fierce and Broken - Cursebreakers #2
by Brigid Kemmerer 

What they say: In the sequel to New York Times bestselling A Curse So Dark and Lonely, Brigid Kemmerer returns to the world of Emberfall in a lush fantasy where friends become foes and love blooms in the darkest of places.

Find the heir, win the crown
The curse is finally broken, but Prince Rhen of Emberfall faces darker troubles still. Rumors circulate that he is not the true heir and that forbidden magic has been unleashed in Emberfall. Although Rhen has Harper by his side, his guardsman Grey is missing, leaving more questions than answers.

Win the crown, save the kingdom. 
Rumored to be the heir, Grey has been on the run since he destroyed Lilith. He has no desire to challenge Rhen--until Karis Luran once again threatens to take Emberfall by force. Her own daughter Lia Mara sees the flaws in her mother’s violent plan, but can she convince Grey to stand against Rhen, even for the good of Emberfall?

The heart-pounding, compulsively readable saga continues as loyalties are tested and new love blooms in a kingdom on the brink of war.


10 January 2020

Get Your Learn On - Our Planet

I loved the series so got this one for the class...

Our Planet with special foreword by David Attenborough

What they say: This glorious visual celebration of the natural world combines extraordinary photography from the series with stunning illustrations from acclaimed artist, Richard Jones. Lose yourself in icy landscapes, dense jungles and endless oceans. Learn how our fascinating habitats, and the plants and creatures living there, interconnect to create the one place we all call home – Our Planet.
This beautifully written and informative book for children has an uplifting message of hope that will strike a chord with all the family. The perfect gift for families the world over to treasure forever.
‘You will be among the next characters who can, if they wish, tell the most extraordinary story of all – how human beings in the twenty-first century came to their senses and started to protect Planet Earth’ Sir David Attenborough

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