November 2018 Wrap Up

November was a very busy and stressful month for me as at the end of October, I found out that I had a kidney stone and my sister had her baby. That being said I did get though four fairly short books. In this wrap up I will also be including the last book I read in October as I read the last books in the series in November. I also didn’t really watch anything besides some reality TV and YouTube videos. Game wise, I’m slowly making my though the first Kingdom Hearts.


Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Twisted Ones and Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Fourth Closet by Scott Cawthon and Kira Breed-Wrisley. These are the 2nd and 3rd books in the FNAF book series following Charlie and the events around Freddy Fazbear’s that cause the pizzerias animatronics to become haunted. I have a full review discussing all the books in this series. Overall, they’re good for those interested in a more clear version of the events in the games/the lore of the games but as a stand alone story they’re not that good. The books are not badly written but the twists are very easy to predict and the story feels like it was written for a very young audience which is surprising given the fact that part of the main plot is the murder of children. 3/5 for the Twisted Ones but 2/5 for The Fourth Closet because I had stopped caring about the story and all of the characters at that point.

All the other books I read in November were part of the Wayward Children’s series by Seanan McGuire. These are Every Hart a Doorway, Down Among the Sticks and Bones, and Beneath the Sugar Sky. This series follows kids and teenagers who have traveled into fantasy worlds, have returned home, and how they cope or not cope with being brought back to a world that is now not really home.

Every Heart a Doorway follows Nancy a new student at Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children who traveled to the Halls of the Dead. She is now back home and her parents want her to be the way she was before she left. Shortly after Nancy arrives at the school another student is murder and the plot revolves around who is killing the students and why. This book introduces multiple characters that we gain more information about both in this book as well through out the series and how these other worlds work on a scale of Nonsense/Logic and Virtue/Wickedness though it becomes clear that world can present themselves one way while their rule don’t seem the same. Every Heart is a great introduction to the world and series and I give it 5/5 stars.

Down Among the Sticks and Bones follows Jack and Jill, twin sisters that we met in book one, and tells the story of before they arrived at school and the world that they went to. Jack and Jill’s parents treated their daughters as one being a tomboy and the other a girly girl regardless of how they felt about it and that caused them to resent each other. When they arrive at the Moors, a world much like Universal’s classic horror movies, they finally chooses who they are for them selves with Jack working for a mad scientist and Jill becoming the favorite of the Vampire that ruled the town which changes everything forever. A great second book with I give 4.5/5 stars.

Beneath the Sugar Sky is the third book in the series and the blurb has spoilers for book one so I will only talk about it briefly. This book follows Rini, the daughter of one of Eleanor’s students, who has come to the past to get help in saving her mother and her world. Though the plot revolves around Rini the main narrator of the book is a new student Cora, who I really didn’t like so Beneath was a big let down for me and makes this book only a 2.5/5 stars for me. I will have a full review of the series posted soon.

November 2018 OwlCrate

DSCN1191OwlCrate is a young adult book subscription box where every month you receive one new hardcover book and an assortment of bookish goodies connected to the monthly theme. November’s theme was Rise from the Ashes. So far I’ve been loving OwlCrate but this box didn’t feel as curated to me, some of the items it felt like they were added because the creators didn’t know what else to add to the box. IMG_0155

The bookish items included this month were a skull shaped planter, a wax seal kit, a pillowcase inspired by An Ember in the Ashes, a craft kit to make a Wishing Bracelet, and a Harry Potter sticker with Dumbledore and Fawkes. I prefer items in subscription boxes to be practical and many of the items in this box I have no idea what I’ll do with them. However, the wax seal kit is amazing and something that I’ve always wanted to own.

The book for November is Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan. Girls of Paper and Fire is fantasy book where every year eight girls are taken by the Demon King to be his concubines. However, this year Lei is taken and forced to be the ninth Paper Girl. The book follows these young women as they struggle to survive the palace and their roles as slaves, and Lei as she falls in love. Every Owlcrate book also comes signed and with a letter from the author.

IMG_0167 (1)_MomentGirls of Paper and Fire is a book that I have been hearing great things about and was interested in pickup at some point. Though OwlCrate doesn’t always have the best stuff I do intend to keep my subscription for a while as I love the surprise at the end of every month. December’s them is the Power of Illusions.


FNAF Books#2 & #3

Five Nights at Freddy’s better know as FNAF to fans started out in 2014 as an indy survival horror game by game designer Scott Cawthon. It became a huge hit on YouTube with creators such as Markiplier and MatPat of GameTheory played and created video’s about the game. The game quickly became a sensation spawning multiple sequels and hundreds of videos on YouTube. In the game you play as a night security guard at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza which unbeknownst to you the animatronics that move around at night are attempting to kill you as they contain the souls of the children the went missing/were murder at the pizzeria years ago. The goal of the game is just to survive the night as the game get progressively harder.tenor

In 2015 Five Nights at Freddy’s The Silver Eyes was released as the first book of the new FNAF book series which I will need to briefly talk about to review books 2 and 3, so there will be some spoilers as this review goes on. Also the books tell the events of the game in a different way so you don’t have to know much about the game series to understand the books but you will catch things faster if you have.

28233096The Silver Eyes starts out in 1995 when our main protagonist Charlotte “Charlie” returns to her home town of Hurricane, Utah to attend a ceremony about a scholarship created in the honor of her childhood friend Michael who along with four others were murdered at Freddy’s, the business that Charlie’s father helped run. Charlie with her friends Jon, Jessica, and Carlton decide to visit the old pizzeria and find that an abandoned shopping mall was built around it. From there its murderous animatronics and finding out what really happened at Freddy’s all those years ago. Overall, book one is not the best written book but the story is solid and it can be read as a stand alone. It would be a good introduction to kids or younger teens that are interested in both the books and the games without the jump scares and horror more prevalent in the games.

To review books two and three, I will have to spoil somethings from book one and the ending of book two. If you want my overall thoughts to the series please skip to the second break at the end of this post.


33917881Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Twisted Ones starts a year after the end of book one with Charlie now at college and taking classes on artificial intelligence and robotics. After the events of the previous year that happened at the old pizzeria and the death of William Afton, Charlie is experiencing nightmares about the animatronics and the kidnapping of her twin brother, Sammy. When a body shows up with the same attach marks as previous victims of the animatronics Charlie, Jon, and their friends are drawn back into the world of Freddy’s. It turns out that Afton Robotics created other animatronics that were not the same as the originals from Freddy’s and they can change one’s perception of them. While finding out what is going on with these different robotics companies it turns out that William Afton is not as dead as everyone thought he was and confesses that he didn’t take Sammy but Charlie. The book ends with Jon believing Charlie is dead but then she shows back up on the very last page.

Book two is much more gory than book one and is intended for an older audience but the writing still felt younger to me. This is really where the books started to lose me. I love the lore behind this series but this book took some of the worst and most confusing elements of the games and did them worse as they take the forefront of the story.

36127329Finally, book three Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Fourth Closet. Book three is much more Jon’s story than Charlie’s as we start off a few months from the end of book two with Jon still believing that he witnessed Charlie die that night but there’s someone who looks like Charlie and isn’t really acting like her is around. The entire story focuses on Jon and the others attempting to find out what really happen to Charlie and putting to rest everything about Freddy’s. It become very clear early on that Charlie is not really Charlie and we are given more of her families back story. Somehow, once again Afton is not actually dead and he mainly wants to find out how Henry, Charlie’s father, was able to essentially give a soul to an animatronic. The plot twist, which is very predictable, is that Afton killed Charlie years ago and that the Charlie in the story is a robot. The ending creates a clean slate as all the animatronics are destroyed and Afton is finally, truly killed but the story is very confusing and looses any emotional connection. I only finished these books because I like the lore of the games.


As for my thoughts on whole series I feel like it’s very average. I give the series three out of five stars only for the fact that I like watching people play the games and I enjoy the lore. However, as a book series the first one is the best as the story is fairly simple. As the series continues it takes some of the most confusing elements from the games and doesn’t do well explaining things or making a cohesive story. I would only recommend these books for fans of the games or those wanting to know the base story of the games without either watching and playing the games.

October 2018 OwlCrate

DSCN1191OwlCrate is a young adult book subscription box where every month you receive one new hardcover book and an assortment of bookish goodies connected to the monthly theme. October’s theme was Lost in the Bookstore and was the first time two books were included in the box.IMG_0125_Moment

The October box would be my third box from OwlCrate and is my favorite so far. Besides the book every box includes a spoiler card explaining each item in the box, a booklet with more information about the book and items chosen, a collectible pin, and an announcement card for the next months theme.

The items in the October box included a Choco-mint Truffle Tea from the Tea Spot and a heart-shaped tea strainer to brew the tea with. A pair of book nerd socks from Out of Print and Underlined. A small canvas clutch purse designed to fit most small books to protect books during travel and a Harry Potter themed art print. For subscription boxes the items that I prefer to get are practical items that can be useful or things that I would like the look of but could never justify buying myself.

The October box included two books Pride by Ibi Zoboi and Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa. Owlcrate always gets exclusive signed versions of the books and letters from the authors. This month the books also came with matching bookmarks.

Pride is a contemporary modern retelling of  Pride and Prejudice set in Brooklyn. Honestly, I have no interest in this book because I have never read Pride and Prejudiced nor am I a big fan of contemporary books. But since it was included in the box I will try it out to see if there is anything that I would enjoy.

In comparison, Shadow of the Fox is a book that I’ve been considering buying anyways. The story follows Yumeko, a kitsune shape shifter who is on the hunt for an ancient scroll that will grant one wish at the end of each millennium.  Based on Japanese folklore and culture it sounds like a great fantasy adventure.

At the bottom of each months box there is a sneak peek at what the next months theme so November’s theme is Rise from the Ashes.