FaeCrate Iron Fae 10th Anniversay Hangover Kit

IMG_0468When Fae Crate announced that they where doing a 10th Anniversay Hangover Kit for The Iron King by Julie Kagawa I order it because I had wanted to get into the series and I enjoy the excitement around book boxes.IMG_0453

This kit included a bath bomb, an envelope clutch, character cards, an arrow necklace, a key chain, and an enamel pin. The lager items were the Ash plushie, the Iron Fae book tin, and the blanket. I liked everything but I’ve never been a huge fan of the plushies so I might sell that in the future.

This Hangover kit also included the 10th Anniversary paperback edition of The Iron King which came with a signed book plate and a annotated chapter by Julie Kagawa.

These hangover kits are fun to get but designed with fans of the series in mind. Though they would also be good for those just getting into the series.

Movie Review: Joker

Joker-Official-Images-Final-Poster-03Joker is the 2019  psychological thriller following one of the possible back stories for the DC and Batman villain The Joker. The story follows Arthur Fleck played by Joaquin Phoenix as a mentally ill man who lives in Gotham with his mother and has a job as a clown ding different gigs around the city. Fleck also has a condition where he laughs uncontrollably.

As the story progresses we see both how awful Gotham as a city is and how the world is not kind to those like Fleck. Which considering this is a Joker orgin story and he does horrible things you do feel sorry for him which is some ways feels dirty.

I don’t want to spoil anything in this movie because if you haven’t seen it, its one of those movies that should be seen a blind as possible. Personally, while I liked the movie and the interesting conversations it has created online I keenly felt anxiety for Fleck and some of the other characters. The movie as a whole is one man story who is slowly descending into madness. Its one of the best DC movies to come out in the last few year though I doubt that I will be connected to any other DC movies.

June 2020 Wrap Up

This month I read seven books including one audio book and one graphic novel. I’ve also watched several movies.


52831943The Anti-Virginity Pact by Katie Wismer is a new self published young adult contemporary. The book follows Mare and her best friend who have signed a pact agreeing that they won’t be virgins by the end of their senior year of high school. This is a hard hitting contemporary that deals with topics such as family and religion. I have a full review up as well.

45010800Witchy by Ariel Slamet Ries is set in a world where length of ones hair determines your power as a witch but having too long of hair will get you killed. Nyneve has hidden her true hair length but when the Witch guard conscription comes around she decides that she will determine her own future. A short graphic novel that is the start of a new fantasy series. Great for young adult fan of graphic novels and comics.

ByFireAbove_hc.inddMiddlegame by Seanan McGuire is an adult fantasy novel about alchemy, language, math, and family. The story follows Roger and Dodger who were created by Reed to embody the Doctrine of Ethos which would allow someone to control how the world works. Adopted by different families Roger is all languages and works while Dodger is math and logic. When they connect as children talking to each other in their minds they know something is different about them and that it could be dangerous. I have a full review of this book but it is very hard to explain but is absolutely amazing and one of my new favorite books.

44660931._SY475_Five Nights at Freddy’s Fazbear Frights #2: Fetch by Scott Cawthon is the second collection of three short stories in the FNAF universe. The stories in this collection are Fetch, Lonely Freddy, and Out of Stock. Fetch follows a group of kids that find a animatronic dog inside an old Freddy’s Fazbear pizzeria that starts terrorizing them. Lonely Freddy is a creep story about a older brother who wants everyone to know how fake is younger sister is but things go bad at her birthday party at Freddy’s. The last story Out of Stock follows several kids that get their hand on a Plushtrap toy that seems to have very human eyes and teeth which then attacks them at night. Though I like how creepy these story collections can be I don’t like the fact that kids in the stories get hurt or punished for not knowing any better.

27213244The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers is the first book in the Wayfarers series a series of slice of life adult science fiction novels. The story follows the crew of a tunneling ship the Wayfarer as they take on jobs creating tunnels between different planets. The is a character driven story that the plot takes second place to but I loved all the characters and their relationships. I have a full review for this book and I can’t wait to read the next in the series.

15843166You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero is a self-help book about how everyone is a badass in their own way and how to stop messing around and get your life track. The author believes that if you set your mind on changing something you can do it if you are willing to put in the work. I listened to this and its a very short audio book which is what I wanted at the time. It has advice on many different topics but focuses on how mindset is everything. Good for someone looking to this kind of information and to be encouraged to do and change whatever to be a better, happier person.

41430922._SY475_The Hunger by Alma Katsu is a historical fiction novel with a bit of a supernatural twist. Follows the Donnor party and their attempt to travel to California. I like the ideas and concepts of the book but it jumps between too many characters. Because I this I didn’t really connect to the story or the characters which meant that I didn’t care what happen to them.





MV5BYmIzNjUxZGQtYjg0OS00MmE0LTgwZDAtMzVmODQ2MGI5MTQ5XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMTA3MTA4Mzgw._V1_I watched three movies this month which I haven’t done in a while. The first movie I watched was Rocketman which is the musical about the life of Elton John. I didn’t know really anything about Elton John before watching the movie but I movie kept me interested. I think it would also make an amazing stage musical.

p16981625_v_v8_aeKnives Out is a murder mystery movie following death of crime novelist Harlan Thrombey the night of his 85th birthday. This is a murder mystery in the similar vein as Clue but not as comedic. I loved the ensemble cast and all the weird family drama that changed how I thought each character was involved. If you haven’t seen it yet I would highly recommend it.

EDEsh0gU4AUTO3PThe last movie I watched this month was Joker. This movie follows the origins of the DC and Batman villain The Joker. This is a very good movie that shows one mans decent into madness and how a person could become a villain like the Joker. I plan to have a full review out shortly but I would recommend seeing this movie if you haven’t already.

June 2020 Owl Crate

Owl Crate 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. Some of these items are very practical and some are better suited as decor or for a pin/builtin board. June’s theme is All the World’s a Stage.IMG_0439

Each box includes different bookish goodies that fit the theme of the month and are connected to other books. This months items include a Night Circus inspired coin bank/pencil holder, a shower steamer, mini-donuts flavored Cirque Du Freak inspired coffee from Bones Coffee company, a Greatest Showman inspired habit tracker, and a set of pencils with quotes from Shakespeare. I love most of these fandom but the one I’m most excited to see is Cirque Du Freak. Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan is one of my favorite childhood series but no one ever does anything for it.

Every month Owl Crate has a new young adult hardback book that has an exclusive cover, is signed and comes with a letter from the author. The enamel pin that is in every box is also inspired by that months book. This months book is Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles. Which this book publication was delayed but Owlcrate was allowed to include their special cover less embossed hardback during the original publication month.  Where Dreams Descend is a re-imagining of Phantom of the Opera and Moulin Rouge where a group of magicians face off in magical feats to determine the next head liner of the Conquering Circus.IMG_0444

July’s theme is Date with Destiny.

Book Review: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet(Wayfarers #1) by Becky Chambers

27213244The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chamber is the first book of the adult science fiction Wayfarers series. The story follows the crew of the tunneling ship Wayfarer as they take on a new crew member Rosemary Harper and the new jobs tunneling jobs that become available.

Tunneling ships create wormholes in space to connect different planet and locations. The crew of the Wayfarer is a culmination of different people and aliens that have become family to each other. The stories plot is that the Wayfarer as been given the job of creating a tunnel to a distant planet held by a race that just agreed to join the rest of the galactic society. However, the plot is not the main focus of the story the characters are.

Don’t read this if you’re wanting something where the plot is the focus. The characters are the important part of this story. The story is told through vignettes from the perspective of the different characters and crew members. They are a found family that might be different species but they love each other.

I absolutely loved this book. Though I love all different types of book some that focus more on the story than character and visa versa. However, this books strength lies in how well realized all these different characters are and their relationships to the rest of the crew. Everyone has their own history, story and some even secrets but they all are part of this big family that will do what ever they have to to keep each other together.