Book Haul October

Happy Halloween!

This spooky month was full of books hauls but not enough time to read! It has been a very busy month for me and with 10 hours work I get home smashed without any time to read. Hopefully that will change soon because I have way too many books to read!

This month I bought a lot of books, now, I do most of my books online so I don’t visit stores which I wish I could but again, not enough time.

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One of my favorite buys from this month is Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone, the illustrated book that just came out. The book is stunning, absolutely gorgeous from the cover to all the pages filled with colors and beautiful art. The book illustrated by Jim Kay (also, illustrator of A Monster Calls which I absolutely adored!), is more than 200 pages long and it’s a master piece. The time and dedication on this book is astounding and every single image is bright, colorful and bold. I loved re-reading this first book from another perspective. Those who grew up with Harry Potter with love this book and with this illustrated version I hope the new generation gets their Harry Potter dose! Scholastic will be releasing the books for the following years. One Harry Potter book every year! How absolutely splendid is that!

This month I also reconnected with my love for Agatha Christie. I read a book of her Death on the Nile back in high school and I absolutely loved the book. It was supposed to be read at a slow pace and discuss throughout the class (but my English teacher was the worse at that time and she did not understand my love for this book). I did not discuss anything on the class, I spend all the hour and thirty minutes reading the book every time I went to my English class. I have always been scared of English classes (as much as I adore reading my speech abilities are always horrendous when it comes to English classes and class presentations, and lets not talk about my grammar!), the good things about this English class was Agatha Christie’s Death on The Nile, Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire.

Now back on the topic, this month I got five Agatha Christie’s book: The A.B.C Murders, Death on the Nile, Five Little Pigs, Crooked House (which I started to read two days ago and I love it so far), and finally, And Then There Were None.

I also got A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis from OwlCrate, Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty from Brooklybox, First and Then by Emma Mills from Uppercase box, these are all subscription boxes.

I also got The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow, this is the first book in what I believe is a trilogy and it sounds the type of cheesy novels a high school girl would read (which I love!)

And FINALLY but super important to specified I got the new paperback box set of The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. The covers are gorgeous and paperback are my guilty pleasure even though they bend easily I just love paperbacks!

So, to resume everything I got a bunch of books that hopefully I will be able to read before new year or January 2016.

Anyways, enjoy your Halloween night and be safe!

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#Owlcrate Review

Ever since I started subscribing to subscription boxes so far the books I have received are books I wouldn’t pick if I had the option. I know this is mostly “hit or miss” when it comes to subscription boxes, even if I chose a genre I mind enjoy, there is always the possibilities I will get something out of my comfort zone.

This month I received0 my first #Owlcrate. Now, Owlcrate is one of the best subscription boxes out there, they are always full of books and amazing goodies and every box is a different theme! This month it was the #SPOOKYBOX

Owlcrate is a round $29 something, they are a bit expensive but it’s worth it, all the goodies plus a brand new hard cover book! Yes, totally worth it.\

Let’s start by how amazing the box looks, the small owl prints are the cutest and the opening of the box is easy and the material is resistant (not towards water but you get my point). Their logo plus the “Magical, Monthly, Reads” is gorgeous and the first thing you see inside is a small post card with spoiler! But do not fear, you can leave the post card inside and discover everything without being spoiled.

This month being Halloween month, the Spooky theme was fitting and nicely done.

We got Sugar Skulls Erasers (that makes me want to safe forever because they are so pretty!)

The magnetic monster bookmarks are very cute and very useful. We got witch (that reminds me of the Wicked Witch of the East) and a small skull (please be careful if you are sensitive to strong smells, they have a heave metallic smell –because of the metal for the magnetic-) but they are so very cute!

For a touch of difference, we have scented beads and they smell amazing, soft and flowery (at least for me!) the type you want to put next to a candle and relax.

A small pouch with the face of Edgar Allan Poe (maybe because some of his books are very Halloween-like), the pouch is very cute and resistant, perfect for makeup of pencils for school.

And lastly we have the book, “A madness so discreet” by Mindy McGinnis. A GORGEOUS HARDCOVER BOOK with a stunning cover and a thrilling adventure. Now, like I mentioned before books coming from a box subscription where I never know if I will like it are a hit or miss, this one, unfortunately is between miss kind of hit for me. I do not enjoy scary books, nor historical books but from time to time I do enjoy a thriller (like Agatha Christy for example, her books are always thrilling). The cover of this book is amazing but the premise is not of my liking, after all I have never read anything asylum related.

Preface from Goodreads where the books holds a 3.85/5:

Grace Mae knows madness.

She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum.

When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars, where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women. Grace, continuing to operate under the cloak of madness, must hunt a murderer while she confronts the demons in her own past.

In this beautifully twisted historical thriller, Mindy McGinnis, acclaimed author of Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust, explores the fine line between sanity and insanity, good and evil—and the madness that exists in all of us.

Do not think it will sit in my shelf forever! I will for sure pick this baby and give it a try this weekend and read it around Halloween because the cover is too gorgeous for words and I’m sure I will enjoy it (there is a first time for everything and who knows, maybe this is the book that will open the doors to my love for thrillers! And even historical ones).

Owlcrate does not disappoint me, even if the book is not 100 percent my cup of tea I will for sure read it. And I will anxiously wait for the next box!

So guys, if you are looking for a subscription box OWLCRATE is your thing. It’s full of amazing and useful goodies and amazing books.

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#Booklybox Review

Hello,

Recently I subscribed to a couple of subscription boxes, one of them is Bookly Box. Now, #booklybox is a monthly subscription box featuring a box of your liking. They have selection such as Children, YA, Sci-Fi, Business and Self-Help. I choose YA seeing as they didn’t have one of my favorite genre Fantasy or Adult.

The amazing thing about this monthly subscription is the fact that for every book you receive they send a box to someone who needs it. The box is around $20 USD and it includes a book of your choice, an extremely gorgeous bookmark (at least for my September box it did) and a very cute sticker to mark the page you are currently reading.

I received my first box October 16, 2015 because they had a small problem with shipping. I’m always excited when I get a new book, I have to admit I had mixed feelings when I opened this one.

Inside there was a gorgeous copy of Serafina and the Black Coat by Robert Beatty. Now, this did not look like a YA kind of book, in fact it strongly reminded me of a Middle Grade book. I haven’t read these type of book since well… middle school. The cover is gorgeous but I feel cheated somehow. It’s not that I don’t want to read the book, but I was waiting for a YA book.

In Goodreads it says it falls into the YA category but man, I honestly feel this is a Middle Grade 100 percent. It has a great rate of 4.01/5 and this is the description they included in Goodreads.

“This New York Times Bestseller is a spooky mystery-thriller about an unusual girl who lives secretly in the basement of the grand Biltmore Estate.

“Never go into the deep parts of the forest, for there are many dangers there and they will ensnare your soul.”

Serafina has never had a reason to disobey her pa and venture beyond the grounds of Biltmore Estate. There’s plenty to explore in the shadowed corridors of her vast home, but she must take care to never be seen. None of the rich folk upstairs know that Serafina exists; she and her pa, the estate’s maintenance man, have secretly lived in the basement for as long as Serafina can remember.

But when children at the estate start disappearing, only Serafina knows who the culprit is: a terrifying man in a black cloak who stalks Biltmore’s corridors at night. Following her own harrowing escape, Serafina risks everything by joining forces with Braeden Vanderbilt, the young nephew of Biltmore’s owners. Braeden and Serafina must uncover the Man in the Black Cloak’s true identity before all of the children vanish one by one.

Serafina’s hunt leads her into the very forest that she has been taught to fear. There she discovers a forgotten legacy of magic that is bound to her own identity. In order to save the children of Biltmore, Serafina must seek the answers that will unlock the puzzle of her past.”

Sounds pretty neat right? I’m not sure I will be reading this book soon seeing as I have an incredible long list of TBR pile (and I just keep buying more, oh Gods!) but when I read it I hope to enjoy it. I loved reading in middle school, at that time I was starting to love reading and I picked up a series of books /cough Goosebumps cough/ and it loved it. I will hopefully love this one and by the next box I will hopefully not feel as much cheated as I felt with this one.

I will patiently wait for my next Bookly Box, hopefully this one will win my heart at first glance!

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