August OwlCrate Unboxing!

I cannot believe how fast my August OwlCrate got here this month!  I got my shipping notification while I was at the gym on a Tuesday night, and then Thursday at lunch I was retrieving it from the apartment rental office… IT WAS LIKE MAGIC GUYS.
 And you know what else is like magic?  Me posting this unboxing on time! Unlike my serious procrastination on the July Unboxing.  (Also, maybe I only received one subscription box this month so there was no reason to delay…..maybe.) August’s theme was “Fast Times at YA High” which I thought was a really cute take and turn on the “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” which good god, a ton of people probably didn’t even catch because we’re old.

When I heard what the theme was, honestly, I wasn’t initially excited.  I do love OwlCrate, and the way that they put together their boxes, but romance contemporaries aren’t really my cup of tea.  Especially because the older I get, the more I really, really dislike reading about immature teenagers and high school settings.  Anyways, enough reminding me how ancient I am, and let’s get to the exciting stuff, the unboxing!

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Dark Matter

Blake Crouch

Published July 2016 by Crown 


dark matter“Are you happy with your life?”  

Do I have your attention yet?  If this mind-numbingly awesome book cover doesn’t draw you in, that line sure as hell will.

You all know I am a cover monster.  Show me a beautiful book cover and I am all over it.  This familiar feeling of infatuation come over me when I first laid my eyes on this sci-fi thriller, Dark Matter.  And is it not just the best feeling in the world when you are rewarded with content inside the book that is even better than the amazing shell on the outside?!

I jump from genre to genre all the time, and I felt like I needed some science fiction in my life.  When I picked up Dark Matter though, I was not expecting this absolutely insane reading experience: the kind of experience where you are left breathless after every chapter,  where you find yourself contemplating all the life choices you have ever made.  Yes, Dark Matter is that kind of book, and it is so good.

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The Song Rising Prologue!

Good morning everyone!  I write to you today with such exciting news, it took all my will power and more to not spoil this sooner.  Actually, if it wasn’t for me telling everyone BUT my online friends, I probably would have spontaneously combusted out of excitement and you would never have gotten he news delivered.

Bone-Season-Advocate_button200x200REV4a (1)But anyways, last Thursday I was chosen to be a Bone Season Advocate!  So, me, little Ole @deertales, am now an advocate for one of the most epic and intriguing fantasy series of recent years.  I am counted among huge bloggers, Twitter accounts and other large Instagram accounts, and I am struggling to put my happiness into coherent words.  This is such a fantastic series I am beyond flattered that I get to help spread the word and excitement for the next book’s release: The Song Rising, March 7th, 2017.

If you are unfamiliar with The Bone Season series, have no fear my friends!  I will be hosting a read-a-long for the first two books closer to the release of The Song Rising, but to whet your taste buds, click HERE to be directed to The Bone Season‘s Goodreads page, and HERE for the sequel’s page, The Mime Order.

So, a big round of applause to my boyfriend for listening to me explain 7 different ways how amazing this is, my sister who was excited for me even though she had no idea what i was talking about, and of course, my dogs, who just have to listen to my jabber and are not allowed to be bored.

And to top of this post with even more exciting news:

As an advocate, I have exclusive access to the prologue for The Song Rising, which I am going to share with you now!  Prepare your peepers for awesomeness, then let’s discuss!  Also, because I did make my boyfriend suffer through DAYS of Bone Season talk, he has decided to put in his two cents on the prologue too.  All of his comments will be in ORANGE.  He has not read the first two books, and I can promise you he has absolutely no idea what is going on, which will be painfully obvious.  But, please keep in mind that the prologue for The Song Rising picks up right after the ending of The Mime Order, so if you haven’t read the first two books, turn away now: SPOILERS AHEAD!

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An Ember in the Ashes

Sabaa Tahir

Published April 2015

An Ember in the Ashes #1

An Ember in the Ashes is a book that I have wanted to read for a while, but I just never got around to it.  My local Barnes and Noble never had the hardback copy in stock, and it wasn’t a book that I felt I needed to go out of my way to order online.  I have a lot of other unread YA novels at home, so it never seemed like a priority.

Then two weeks ago, B&N restocked their hardcovers, which I can only imagine was in anticipation of the sequel coming out at the end of the month, and I decided it was time to bring this beauty home with me.  After I posted a picture of it on my Instagram and the onslaught of “read this book ASAP” and “I absolutely loved this book”, I knew it was time.  Hopefully this would be the book to draw me out of my mini reading slump.

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Empire of Storms Prediction Survey

Hi everyone!  If you don’t already know, I am a huge, HUGE Sarah J. Maas fan.  I am so stoked for the release of Empire of Storms in only a few weeks!


So in celebration of book 5 in the Throne of Glass series, I thought it would be fun to take a quick survey of some predictions for the upcoming release of Empire of Storms!   I threw together a quick 5 question survey so we could all pitch in our two cents and predict some major happenings.

I even wanted to raise the stakes and include some prizes!  Who ever gets the most predictions correct will win an awesome set of Throne of Glass bookmarks from @behindthe_pages Etsy store!

il_570xN.1062052751_bae4AREN’T THESE BOOKMARKS AMAZING?!

To cover all of my  bases though, I will let you know that if there are multiple people who get the same amount of predictions correct, those names will go into a jar and I will pick one winner.

Also.  I think this may be the most important point: please allow me to finish the book before I pick the winners. This is supposed to be fun, so don’t take it too seriously!  I don’t need anyone asking me if there is a winner for the bookmarks when I haven’t finished the book yet.

So with that being said, you can click HERE to take the survey!  I am super stoked about this, I hope you all are too!  Good luck my friends!

EMPIRE OF STORMS PREDICTIONS DOC <— Here too, just in case you missed it 😉

RIP death amirite?

September Bookstagram Photo Challenge!

Hi everyone! I am super excited to share with you a September bookstagram photo challenge that my wonderful friend Casey (@caseyrosereads) and I put together!

I am going to provide some descriptions for each day’s challenge, especially for those that are not self explanatory. But please feel free to shoot me a comment here or on my Instagram page if you have any more questions!

And lastly, please dont feel pressured to participate every single day!  This is supposed to be fun, so have fun people!  Casey and I will be featuring our favorite pics on our page every week, maybe more often even 😉

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Freedom Matthews

Published July 2016

Curses of VIII #1

27991136I received Inherited in my July Fairy Loot box, and once I had this book in my hands, I had to read it instead of tossing it into my TBR pile.

First and foremost, this cover is entrancing.  I am a sucker for a great cover, and for some reason, this one is mesmerizing.  I also cannot stop touching it.  I know that you can’t tell because this is simply a picture which cannot break the boundaries of texture, but the cover is this matte type material and its so unique!  Look at me dedicating an entire paragraph to the cover of a book, but I can’t help it guys!

Secondly, I have NEVER read a fictional book about pirates (yes, I actually have read pirate hunting non-fiction books) so, I was curious to see what the life of a pirate entailed.

If saying ‘I love you’ meant death, would you still say it?
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Top 5 Tuesday

Happy Tuesday book people!  I really want to get better at posting on a regular schedule, but as I have mentioned before, running a blog is hard.  Like, way harder than I initially thought it would be.  I know there are some people out there that can sit down in front of a computer and just type, type, type, and all of their thoughts flow coherently out onto the screen with minimal effort, but I am just not one of them.  So, while I work my boring 9-5 Monday-Friday desk job, my posting will be erratic, and I may take several days to type up one single review.  But I can promise you one thing: the posts that I take my sweet-ass time on, you’re going to enjoy.  😉

Anyways, I get sappy sometimes and I’m sorry.  So let’s change pace and do a fun Top 5 (supposed to be 10 but I am lazy) Tuesday!  Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Broke and Bookish where book bloggers are provided with a prompt so they can make LISTS of books in a specific category.  Good lord do I love lists, which is why I love this weekly meme oh so much.  For today we are tasked with putting together our top 5/10 books with ‘X’ setting, as in, fill in the blank here.  Since I recently tore my own heart out reading the Red Rising trilogy, I thought it would be fun to explore my Top 5 books with an OUTER SPACE setting.  OH YES, BLAST OFF! LET’S DO THIS.

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July OwlCrate Unboxing!

img_4322Good Lord, I know, this is incredibly late.  I was going to write a paragraph long excuse as to why, but then I decided to just cut straight to the point and say that I am a unique and special snowflake, and didn’t want to post my unboxing when everyone else was.  One thing leads to another and two weeks pass and well, here we are.

The theme for the July box was “Good vs. Evil”.  This is one of the more ambitious and unique boxes that OwlCrate has put together, and in my personal opinion, it really paid off.  There were two separate boxes that were sent out, one themed good, and the other with evil type items.  No one knew what box they were receiving, which made the anticipation so much more fun.  Even with checking out all of the spoilers on Instagram I still didn’t know exactly WHAT I was going to get, which is always fun and stressful for people with anxiety… like myself.

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Deer Tales Giveaway!

I recently hit 2000+ followers on my bookstagram, so I wanted to put together a specialimg_4329 giveaway to thank everyone!  I really love this community and speaking constantly about books is my passion.  I can honestly say that bookstagram and blogging have pulled me out of a depression I found myself slipping into earlier this year.

I have made so many legitimate friends through this outlet, as well as the joy it brings me to interact with fellow book lovers, dragons and worms every day.  So, really, this is just a thank you.

So enough with the mushy nonsense, here is what you can win!

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