OwlCrate The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue Box

When I heard that OwlCrate was doing a special edition of Addie LaRue and plan a special box I knew that I wanted a copy and wanted to see what items they included.

The items included in the box where a wooden page holder, a candle, an enamel pin, a metal travel mug, a wooden block calendar, and a three year memory journal. I love boxes where everything works together and has great inspiration. I loved all the practical items in this box especially the wooden block calendar as I’ve considered getting one but never ended up buying one.

The special edition of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab doesn’t have a dust jacket but instead has rose gold foiling on the hardback. It also had exclusive end papers, a ribbon bookmark, and is signed. The book follows the story of Addie LaRue who in 1714 France makes a deal with a devil that she gets to live forever but no one will remember her. After 300 years she meets a young man who happens to remember her name.

October 2020 Wrap Up

This month I read 7 books. I love October and Halloween but I don’t always read horror books during this time as I’m a mood reader. So what I want to read doesn’t always fit the time of year. I’ve also been watching some movies this month.


The Sweetest Kind of Poison by Katie Wismer is a poetry collection about relationships and letting go. I’m not a huge fan of poetry but I follow the author and wanted to read this collection when it went on sale. Its well written and got me emotional. I do plan to read other poetry collections form this author in the future.

Laughter at the Academy by Seanan McGuire is a collection of McGuire’s short fiction throughout her career. I love her work and this is no exception. Great for fans or for those wanting to get a taste of all the different worlds Seanan McGuire has created.

Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View is an anthology celebrating the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope. This anthology contain 40 different stories by different authors retelling moments from the film but from the perspective of the background characters. I listened to the audio book which is wonderfully done with sound effects and really pulls you into the world of Star Wars. Most of the stories are good but there was too much focus on the Cantina scene. But I would recommend this to any fan of Star Wars.

Death Masks by Jim Butcher is the fifth book is the Dresden Files. This one follows Harry Dresden while he tries to find the stolen Shroud of Turin, fight demons, and win a duel against a vampire. Each book in this series get better and I plan to continue the series at this point. I have a full review for each book I’ve read of the series so far.

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse is the first book in a new adult fantasy series inspired by pre-Columbian Americas. We follow multiple characters as their paths cross in the city of Tova during the winter solstice. Weaving a tale of prophecies, politics, and forbidden magic these Roanhorse creates and intriguing world and I just want more. I have posted a full review of this book.

Romanov by Nadine Brandes is a young adult historical fantasy about the Romanov royal family near the end of their lives. Primarily, focuses on Anastasia and her brother as they end up escaping the murder of their family and how their lives could have been if magic existed. Well written and good for those fans of the Anastasia movie and the Romanov family history.

Walking Dead Book 8 by Robert Kirkman is a collection of the Walking Dead comic containing issues 85-96. I’ve been rereading the Walking Dead comics to catch up now that the series is over. However, I’m not enjoying them as much as I remember. I own through book 12 so I plan to read those but I haven’t decided it I will finish off the series.


The Nun is a horror movie and one of the movies in the Conjuring universe. Set in 1952, after a nun in Romania commits’ suicide a Priest and a nun in training are sent to investigate. The story focuses on finding out information about the demon Valak, who masquerades as a nun, and first showed up in the Conjuring 2. I love horror movies and I like the Conjuring movies as well I just haven’t seen all of them yet. A good movie for this time of year.

The Meg is an action movie where a group of scientists go down to the Mariana Trench and encounter the Megalodon shark. When the shark escapes into open waters the scientist attempt to track it down and kill it. This is one of those popcorn movies that you don’t have to think about but its well acted and has much better production than the campy Syfy channel movies.

Unplugged Book Box: Cozy Autumn Limited Edition Box

Unplugged Book Box is a subscription box focusing on self care with a bookish twist. They have both Adult and Young Adult monthly book boxes and specialty boxes. After getting their horror box earlier this year I decided that I want the Cozy Autumn box as well. Though mostly an item box this one also included a cozy mystery book where the horror box didn’t include a book.

The bookish goodies included were:

  • A Lord of the Rings Blanket
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Apron
  • The Vampire Diaries Pillow Case
  • An Autumn Night Reading Candle
  • Cozy Autumn Body Butter
  • Gilmore Girls Mug
  • Wuthering Heights Tea and Strainer
  • Supernatural Tote Bag
  • Autumn Festival Lip Balm

The book included is Murder Goes to Market by Daisy Bateman. Murder Goes to Market is a cozy murder mystery book set in a small town where Claudia has moved to start a new quiet life. When a vendor for the market she owns ends up dead suspicion falls on her. She must figure out what is going on and clear her name. While not my preferred genre it sounds interesting and could be a fast read.

So far I’ve liked the boxes I’ve received from Unplugged. I love the fact at these boxes have many practical items that I feel I will get a lot of use out of. I would recommend Unplugged Book Box and their boxes for anyone looking to a unique box and experience.

Book Review: Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse (Between Earth and Sky #1)

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse is an adult fantasy inspired by Pre-Columbian Americas and the different civilizations that existed during that time. Roanhorse weaves a tale of prophecies, politics, and magic to create a unique fantasy world that is wonderfully realized and set the backdrop for a set of characters that paths will all intertwine.

In the city of Tova, the winter solstice is a time for celebration but when it coincides with a solar eclipse what is expected is in jeopardy. Xiala, a ship captain and Teek (women who can control the sea), is tasked to bring Serapio, a blind young man, to Tvoa before the solstice to face his destiny. Narapa, the young Sun Priest, who many don’t think deserves her position as she came from the slums is also tied into what ever fate Serapio brings. While Okoa, a member of the worshipers of the Crow God, attempts to find out why his mother died and if it was murder.

I loved the premise of the story and liked most of the book. However, the story is told through the perspectives of our four main characters and I only was interested in two of the perspectives. I love Serapio’s story as we start with how he became blind and believes himself to be the avatar for the Crow God that will destroy the Sun Priest. Xiala is a badass sea captain who happens to have magical powers and I just want more of her story. I also enjoyed her growing relationship with Serapio and the tragedy that it seems to be.

I found Narapa’s sections to be boring and I found myself not wanting to read her chapter’s which in the end caused me to skim read them. I understand why her perspective is used and given the ending I excited to see where her story will go. Okoa had the fewest chapters and not well developed but I feel like he will grown in the next book.

Though the book starts out slow when the plot ramps up its a race to the end. And that ending took me by surprise and left me wanting so much more. I can’t wait for the next book to come out.