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 

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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!

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*faints*

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 😉

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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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Inherited

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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